Monday, February 18, 2013

A Rocky Football Field Just Missed Earth

Asteroid DA14 just streaked by the earth on February 15 - half the size of a football field. The day before a meteor hit Russia causing loads of damage and panic, and according to the experts these two events are unrelated.

Want to watch NASA track a DA14? Here's the footage:
Video streaming by Ustream
Here's something to think about. An asteroid the size of DA14 hit Earth on June 30, 1908 and levelled 820 square miles.

Accourding to NASA when DA14 makes its
closest approach to Earth at approximately 11:25 a.m. PST (2:25 p.m. EST / 19:25 UTC), the asteroid will be about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth’s surface.

The commentary will be available via NASA TV and streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv and http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2
Many objects in outer space are discovered and tracked by astronimacal enthusiasts, people just like you and me. Should we have an agency that watches for these kinds killer asteroids?

2 comments:

  1. Nasa has confirmed later that the meteor which hit russia- injured people was a fireball and have no relation to the asteroid which passed the earth that day. But yes we should have a agency who can track the moment of all these asteroids as they make their appearance when they are very close to earth, like this one was 17,150 miles away when it was seen first. If there will be a agency it will help to clear that area if something hits earth again.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am one of the persons who wonders about all those meteors that are up there in the universe, I always think, if there is a meteor coming to hit the earth, because i have heard that thousands fall every year in this planet. It would be really nice if we had somebody who could tell us about this meteors hitting our planet,someone who could tell us when its going to impact the earth, someone who give us an advice so people could be prepared.

    ReplyDelete