As you may have heard, an Asteroid is headed for a very close flyby of the Earth later this week. NASA is currently tracking Asteroid 2012 DA14 and will carry a live video feed (watch it on this page below) as the Asteroid passes within a mere 17,000 miles of the Earth on February 15th 2013.
One of the closest passes of the Earth by an Asteroid, this space rock will so close to the Earth during its flyby this Friday that it could potentially his some of the communications satellites in orbit around our planet. NASA held a media teleconference last Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss asteroid 2012 DA14, and has assured everyone that the Asteroid is not going to collide with the Earth.
As can be seen in this video, Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field and will pass inside the orbit of many satellites in geosynchronous orbit during its flyby of the Earth.
You can watch a live streaming internet video as the Asteroid makes its flyby of the Earth. The video below is courtesy of a Ustream feed. The video stream will broadcast the flyby from a telescope at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Asteroid 2012 DA14 video will broadcast starting at 9 p.m. until midnight EST on Feb. 15. Please share this page with your friends online.
Video streaming by Ustream
To see additional images of the Asteroid 2012 DA14, visit NASA’s dedicated site at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/telecon20130207.html. Also, to read more about the upcoming Asteroid flyby and NASA’s asteroid tracking program, visit them at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html.