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News Desk: Asteroid Whizzing Past Earth, Hits Russia [AFP - NASA] *Updated*

Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb 15, 2013. In this view, we are looking down from above Earth's north pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb 15, 2013. In this view, we are looking down from above Earth’s north pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

UPDATE: Meteorite hits central Russia, more than 500 people hurt




Asteroid to whiz past Earth (via AFP)

NASA is closely tracking an asteroid large enough to destroy a city that is set to whiz past Earth on Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object. The 150-feet (45-meter) wide asteroid — dubbed 2012 DA 14 — is expected to pass about 17,200 miles…



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4 Responses to News Desk: Asteroid Whizzing Past Earth, Hits Russia [AFP - NASA] *Updated*

  1. Cujo359 February 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    According to NASA, it’s not the same asteroid. The one that hit Russia was not known until it hit.

    From NASA’s flyby page:

    Editor’s Note: NASA statement on Russian meteor:
    “According to NASA scientists, the trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14′s trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.”

    end quote

    There is no reason to think that a meteor related to 2012 DA14 would be on such a different trajectory.While this meteor was significantly smaller than 2012 DA14, the thing to remember here is that we didn’t even see that one coming. It was large enough to do damage. Spotting of these rocks, particularly the ones in odd orbits like these, needs to be improved.

    Maybe we should spend less money blowing up other peoples’ countries, and more on preventing things that might blow up ours.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter February 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Did I hear correctly that one also exploded over Cuba?

    • Cujo359 February 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

      I don’t see anything about such an event either at NASA or Space.com, nor does anything appear in the BBC’s RSS feed. Given the lattitude of the strike in Russia, I doubt that anything related to that asteroid would have been evident in Cuba. More likely, that would have been see in Canada or the norther U.S., if it

      There was a meteor sighting in the Bay Area Friday. That one could be related.

      Of course, by “related”, I mean to the Russian meteor strike, not to 2012 DA14. 2012 DA14 came from the south, and its closest approach was to Indonesia (missed it by 20,000 miles or so). Anything related would probably have hit the Southern Hemisphere or along the equator, though it’s at least conceivable that something 2012 DA14-related showed up over Cuba.

      But, to reiterate, I have not seen anything related to such an event over Cuba.

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