Friday, 15 February 2013

Asteroid Buzzes Earth in Record-Breaking Flyby

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer

Date: 15 February 2013 Time: 02:30 PM ET
 
Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen by Gingin Observatory
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is seen by Gingin Observatory, West Gingin, Australia, as the space rock made its closest approach to Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. The asteroid appears a streak because of its high speed.
CREDIT: Gingin Observatory (via NASA)
An asteroid half the size of a football field buzzed Earth in a historic flyby today (Feb. 15), barely missing our planet just hours after a much smaller object exploded above Russia, injuring perhaps 1,000 people.

The 150-foot-wide (45 meters) near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 cruised within 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometers) of Earth at 2:24 p.m. EST (1924 GMT) today, coming closer than many communications satellites circling our planet.

The flyby marked the closest approach by such a large asteroid that astronomers have ever known about in advance. But it wasn't even the most dramatic space-rock event of the day.

That distinction goes to a brilliant fireball that exploded early this morning in the skies over Russia's Chelyabinsk region, which is about 930 miles (1,500 km) east of Moscow. The blast damaged hundreds of buildings and wounded perhaps 1,000 people, according to media reports.

More - Link >>> http://www.space.com/19821-asteroid-2012-da14-flyby-meteor.html

Source: Space.com .

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