Asteroid to make close encounter with Earth

”The close approach of this object 2012 DA 14 on Feb 15 is nothing to worry about” NASA scientists say.

Asteroid to make close encounter with Earth

World Bulletin / News Desk

An asteroid about half the size of a football field will pass very close to the Earth on Feb. 15, coming within 17,200 miles of the surface, NASA announced on Monday.

The asteroid was discovered by a group of Spanish astronomers. This one is called 2012 DA14.

An object the size of DA 14 actually impacted the Earth on June 30, 1908, known as the "Tunguska event." An object about 30 or 40 meters came down in the Earth's atmosphere and exploded leveling trees for 820 square miles.

”The close approach of this object 2012 DA 14 on Feb 15 is nothing to worry about” NASA scientists say. “Its orbit is very well known. We know exactly where it's going to go and it cannot hit the Earth.”

Stay tuned to this page for updates leading up to closet approach on Feb. 15.

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