United States Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), informs that on February 15, asteroid will hit Earth called 2012 DA14.
Asteroid that has the size of half a football field size, make a space rock this look bigger than other. So far, NASA researchers estimate asteroid DA14 will fly over planet Earth at a distance 17,200 miles (about 27,680 kilometers) above Earth’s surface.
NASA scientists admit that this time crossing asteroid indeed be qualified as a very close encounter. However, they want to convince the general public that, according to data collected in connection with the space rock’s orbit, quite a lot of questions about the collision between our planet and the asteroid DA14.
“This is a record of an asteriod closest approach,” said Don Yeoman, scientists working in NASA’s Near Earth Program Program at JPL. In addition, Don Yeoman want to draw attention to the fact that, asteroids such as 2012 DA14 usually passes Earth once every 40 years or more. However, the possibility of an asteroid hitting Earth only appears once every 1200 years.
“Since regular surveys began in the 1990s, we’ve never seen a football field for the object so close to Earth,” he added. Thus, the researchers confirmed clearly that, 2012 DA14 will not hit the Earth. DA14 known well enough to avoid a collision.
Just a note, the asteroid 2012 DA14 has a width of approximately 50 meter/164 feet and researchers pretty sure that, DA14 is not composed of ice or metal materials, such as other asteroids, but of stone. Asteroid