Asteroid to make closest flyby in history
In a rare cosmic encounter, an asteroid will buzz past Earth next week, missing the planet by 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers).
Designated 2012 DA14, the space rock is approximately 150 feet (45 meters) across. Astronomers are certain it will zip harmlessly past the planet on February 15—but not before making history. It will pass within the orbits of many communications satellites, making it the closest flyby on record.
"This is indeed a remarkably close approach for an asteroid this size," said Paul Chodas, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near Earth Object (NEO) program office in Pasadena, California.
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H/T: National Geographic
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