At 150 feet (45 meters) wide, asteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field. It’s also moving at a blistering 17,450 mph (28,100 km/h). The asteroid will pass just 27,630 kilometers (17,168 miles) from the surface of the Earth.
Yes, it will pass in the ring of geosynchronous satellites around the Earth. No, we won’t be hit (cue the Bruce Willis references). But… how can I see it?
– Ex astris, scientia –
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