Within a few hours Asteroid 2012 DA14 will flyby Earth on 15 February 2013. You can watch livestream on internet and the asteroid will not be hitting earth
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is soon going to fly by earth. It is going to happen within the next few hours and the excitement is at its highest level. Though there was fear in the air ever since the news of the close shave of the asteroid with planet earth was announced, nonetheless there is higher level of fear following the meteoriteâ€™s fall in Russia that has injured close to 500 people.
The meteorite that fell some 1500 kilometres away from Russian capital Moscow looked like a huge fireball and people thought it to be a massive bomb attack that shook the whole city. People from far away areas from the center of the meteorite fall site saw something huge falling from the sky. So far there are no news of deaths in the incident, though as many as 500 people were injured in the meteorite fall. The fact that it happened the same day as asteroid 2012 DA14 has made things all the more worrisome for people around the world.
Everyone is trying to come up with the worst scenario. In an Article on Aljazeera an author tries to figure out as to what will happen if the asteroid 2012 DA14 actually hits the earth. Though the report says it wouldnâ€™t hit earth, but it comes out with a doomsday like scenario in case it hits the earth. The US space agency NASA had detected the asteroid 2012 DA14 early last year and it has calculated that it will miss Earth by just 17,200 miles, which is a very near miss in space terms. And in terms of time the Tunguska-sized asteroid will miss our planet by just 15 minutes on Friday (Feb 15, 2013). According to NASA the asteroid, which is about 150ft across, will come closer to Earth than the ring of geosynchronous satellites, which are in orbit about 22,200 miles above the Earth. The asteroid will only be visible by a good pair of binoculars or a telescope as it will not be bright enough to see with the naked eye, but that a good pair of binoculars or a telescope should be able to pick it out. On February 15, according to NASA, 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.
Meanwhile right now everything about it is known. Detailed reports are available about its movements. About four minutes after its Earth close approach, there is a good chance it will pass into our planetâ€™s shadow for about 18 minutes or so before reappearing from the eclipse. When travelling rapidly into the northern morning sky, 2012 DA14 will quickly fade in brightness. NASA says the best view for astronomers will be from Indonesia while stargazers in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia should also be able to get a good look at the space rock as it whizzes past us at a speed of 17,400mph. The asteroid was discovered only last year, by a team of astronomers in the La Sagra Sky Survey observatory near Granada in south Spain. The observatory uses automated telescopes to track small asteroids and comets.
It was early last year when astronauts found out about the Asteroid 2012 DA 14. Originally the asteroid 2012 DA14 was found out by Spanish astronomers. It was discovered after the astronomers decided to search areas of the sky where asteroids are not usually seen. It needs to be recalled that on June 30 1908, Tunguska hit a remote part of Siberia in Russia. This event is now known as the Tunguska event and is believed to have been caused by an incoming meteor, which exploded in the atmosphere. A fireball was seen streaking across the daytime sky. Evenks natives and Russian settlers in the hills north-west of Lake Baikal reported a column of bluish light, nearly as bright as the sun, moving across the sky. Ten minutes later, there was a flash and a sound similar to artillery fire. Eyewitnesses closer to the explosion reported the sound source moving east to north. The sounds were accompanied by a shockwave that knocked people off their feet and broke windows hundreds of miles away. The majority of witnesses reported only the sounds and the tremors rather than the sighting of the explosion. The explosion registered on seismic stations across Eurasia. In some places the shock wave would have been equivalent to an earthquake of 5.0 on the Richter scale. Now the whole fly by can be seen on the internet live. Watch live stream here