Asteroid 2012 DA14 to Pass through Earth poses no threat

A flyby Asteroid 2012 DA14 would pass from the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites above the earth on 15 Feb 2013.

Feb 14, 2013 15:12 IST
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The Asteroid 2012 DA14, a 150-foot asteroid would fly above the earth at a distance of about 17000 miles on 15 February 2013, inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. The asteroid would be visible across Asia including India and can be seen with the help of a binocular or telescope.  

This would be the first encounter of the scientists with an object so close to earth. This encounter will bring chances of studying the closet near earth object. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office that have predicted the path of the asteroid had cleared that there exist no chances of asteroid collision with earth.

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