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Asteroid to Pass Close in Less than 2 Weeks

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The 45m-wide rock will swing closer to our planet than many satellites.

45-meter wide asteroid known as “2012 DA14” is on its way for a flyby.  On 15 February 2013, NASA is predicted it to pass within 32,000 km of Earth, a close scrape in the scale of the solar system.  That distance places it well within range of many Earth-orbiting satellites, roughly 1/12th of the distance to the moon. Scientists do not predict an impact, but this near-Earth object is one of many whose orbit places it precariously close to our home planet.  The mass of the object is estimated at 130,000 metric tons.

Source: Analytical Graphics, 2012 DA14 Asteroid close approach

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