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Today's News 2012 DA14 ASTEROID Earthbound February 2013 More This Week

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http://RealUFO.tvToday's News : What do we know about asteroid 2012 DA14? Asteroid 2012 DA14 is a little guy, compared to some asteroids, although its size has not been pinned down precisely. It is thought to be only about 150 feet (46 meters) across. If a space object 150 feet wide were to strike our planet, it wouldn't be Earth-destroying. But it has been estimated that it would produce the equivalent of 2.4 megatons of TNT. How does that compare with other known impact events on Earth? In 1908, in a remote part of Russia, an explosion killed reindeer and flattened trees. But no crater was ever found. Scientists now believe a small comet struck Earth. That event has been estimated at 3 to 20 megatons. So 2012 DA14 is in the same approximate realm as the Tunguska comet (which, actually, might have been an asteroid instead). It would not destroy Earth, but it could flatten a city. Of course, about 70% of our world is covered by oceans. That means the most likely landing spot of any incoming asteroid is in the water -- not on a city or other populated area. Astronomers at the Observatorio Astronmico de La Sagra in Spain discovered 2012 DA14 in early 2012. We know 2012 DA14s orbit is similar to that of Earth. That is one reason the asteroid eluded astronomers until recently. You can be sure that many astronomers are carefully tracking 2012 DA14 now. The orbit of 2012 DA14 is an inclined ellipse. In other words, it's tilted sightly with respect to Earth's orbit around the sun, and, like Earth's orbit, it's not circular but elliptical -- like a circle that someone sat down on. According to Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, who appears to have used a computer program to look at its orbit: The asteroid spends most of its time well away from our planet. However, the path of the rock does bring it somewhat close to the Earth twice per orbit, or about every six months. The last time it passed us was on February 16 [2012], when it was about 2.5 million km (1.5 million miles) away, equal to about 6 times the distance to the moon. That's usually about the scale of these encounters it misses us by quite a margin. If we know it will miss us in 2013 and in 2020, why are astronomers still watching? In fact, the orbit of 2012 DA14 is not entirely pinned down, although it is known well enough to say for sure: it will not hit us next year, or in 2020. But it will come close on February 15, 2013! It should be close enough to catch the attention of virtually everyone on Earth in February 2013, on what's sure to be a media field day. What will happen when Asteroid 2012 DA14 passes closely in 2013? What will happen when it passes us? The short answer is ... nothing. On the day it passes, most of us won't see it or be aware of its passage, in any way. The asteroid won't alter the tides. It won't cause volcanoes. It'll just sweep closely past us -- as millions of asteroids have done throughout Earth's four-and-a-half-billion-year history -- some in your own lifetime. The asteroid will be within range for small telescopes and solidly mounted binoculars, used by experienced observers who have access to appropriate stars charts. Here's what NASA says about its visibility: On [February 15, 2013], the asteroid will travel rapidly from the southern evening sky into the northern morning sky with its closest Earth approach occurring about 19:26 UTC when it will achieve a magnitude of less than seven, which is somewhat fainter than naked eye visibility. About 4 minutes after its Earth close approach, there is a good chance it will pass into the Earth's shadow for about 18 minutes or so before reappearing from the eclipse. When traveling rapidly into the northern morning sky, 2012 DA14 will quickly fade in brightness. Bottom line: The near Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will have a very close pass near Earth on February 15, 2013. It will sweep approximately 21,000 miles from us -- much closer than the moon's orbit and closer than geosynchronous satellites. More Real UFO footage on my channel.. see ufos caught on tape "ufo sightings" Ships, orbs and UFOs seen close up on video this week.http://Twitter.com/RealUFOtv



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