Asteroid Set for Close Encounter with Earth this Friday

February 13, 2013, By Sanjeev

An asteroid-hit on earth could destroy the entire planet. But we humans were always so lucky that it has never happened. Last year, a group of astronomers from southern Spain discovered a big rock fast approaching earth. The asteroid, about half the size of a football field, was named 2012 DA14 and it will pass our planet this Friday, February 15.

Asteroid Set for Close Encounter with Earth this Friday

But don’t worry, it would not hit the earth, say astronomers at NASA. But it will be the first big object that is getting close to the earth since the regular sky surveys started in 1990.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) researchers have been monitoring its path and according to them, it will be moving within just 17,200 miles (27,680 kilometers) of the earth this Friday at around 12.30 pm. PT.

The 2012 DA14 will fly inside the ring of Earth’s geosynchronous communication, weather and navigation satellites. According to NASA, the asteroid of such a size could not have the power to create a global catastrophic event. But it has the potential to cause a massive or large destruction in a small region.

Such an event had happened back in 1908, when an asteroid hit the Earth and destroyed trees over 820 square miles. This event happened in Tunguska, Russia.

However, this time around, despite this close call, there is no chance of a hit, ensures NASA.


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