Asteroid to whiz past Earth
- Published: 15 Feb 2013 at 14.44
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NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizeable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.
This NASA graphic depicts the Earth flyby of asteroid 2012 DA 14. NASA is keeping close tabs on the sizable asteroid, which is set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object.
About 150 feet (45 metres) in diameter, the asteroid - dubbed 2012 DA 14 - is expected to pass about 17,200 miles (27,000 kilometres) above the Earth at the time of closest approach, about 2.25 pm EST (02.25 Thailand time), NASA said.
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