Asteroid 2012 DA14 flew past Earth

Asteroid 2012 DA14
Picture credit: NASA

Asteroid 2012 DA14 without incident flew past Earth. February 15 around 3:25 PM EST, the asteroid will approach the Earth far – 27.7 thousand kilometers. A live webcast of flight 2012 DA14 was organized on the site NASA, online for asteroid watched and Clay Center Observatory.

At the time of closest approach to Earth in 2012 DA14 was inside the orbit of geostationary satellites. At work, satellites, as expected, the passage of an asteroid has no effect.

In a statement released by NASA, says that in the case of the 2012 DA14 talking about “the greatest of the pre-detected objects, held around the Earth at the closest distance.” The event, highlighted by NASA, will provide scientists a “unique opportunity to study the space object of near-Earth space.”

Asteroid 2012 DA14, referring to the spectral class L, was found February 23, 2012 Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain. 2012 DA14 diameter is about 45 meters.

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