Meters asteroid 2012 DA14 flies February 15, 2013 at a record close – about 27,700 miles – the distance from the Earth. Celestial body is closer to the surface of our planet than many weather satellites and communications satellites, geostationary satellites are spaced about 36 thousand kilometers.
But fear is not worth it, since its collision with Earth almost impossible, experts said the U.S. space agency NASA.
Spanish scientists discovered an asteroid in the observatory “La Sagra” February 23 last year and gave it a name 2012 DA14. The size of this celestial body more than 45 meters, weight – about 130 thousand tons. February 15 asteroid fly over the island of Sumatra, which is located in the eastern Indian Ocean. It is moving at a speed of 8 kilometers per second. Observe the asteroid will be using special instruments.
So close over flights above Earth asteroids are rare, they occur only once in 40 years, but the disaster as a result of falls occur once in 1,200 years. NASA astronomers assure that asteroid 2012 DA14 with geostationary satellites and the Earth is ruled out.
In the case of the asteroid on the surface of our planet the force of impact would be comparable to the fall of the Tunguska meteorite that exploded in 1908.