Asteroid 2012 DA14 : Will it knock off satellites, telecom links?


    Asteroid 2012 DA14 is set to flyby earth. People are wondering if it will knock off satellites and telecom links

    Asteroid 2012 DA14 is fast approaching the earth and already there are reports that it may knock off satellites if they come on its way. But the asteroid is not going to hit the earth and when it comes closest to earth on February 15, it will still be a good 17200 miles away from the planet Earth. But thankfully as it will be passing by earth by a very long distance, there is neither any threat to earth, its environment or people living in any part of the world.

    Nonetheless it is the first time that a huge asteroid, half the size of a football field is set to pass-by earth so close and there is excitement among the astronomers and skywatchers across the world who are fascinated by the idea of a huge crater coming so close. But alas, people in the United States may not be able to watch the asteroid 2012 DA14 as it will be passing through their area during daytime.

    Across the world people have been keeping a close watch on the movement of the massive asteroid. Astronomers are very excited about the 150 feet diameter Asteroid DA 14 that will fly by earth without harming the Earth or its residents. NASA didn’t start keeping track of asteroid of significant size a very long time ago. They say that it is just one and half decade ago that they started keeping track of the asteroid that may be able to come close to earth. So when the scientists say that it will be the first asteroid of this size will come that close to earthy they apparently mean that this is the first time in the last 15 years no such big or bigger asteroid came so close to earth. Scientists say that on an average an asteroid of this size or bigger flies by earth every forty years. They also say in the same breath that this asteroid’s chances of hitting the earth was just once in 1200 years. When closes to earth, it will still be a good 17,200 miles or 27,700 kilometers away from planet earth.

    In the meantime reports suggest that the asteroid may endanger satellites that have been sent by many countries. But Dr Dan Brown, from Nottingham Trent University, said the asteroid could put telecommunication satellites – that ping data between our mobile phones – in danger. This must be a wakeup call for scientists all over the world.

    Meanwhile the fast movement of the asteroid has initiated a new debate on the movement of asteroid spins on its axis.  A report by National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) says, “Knowing the direction of spin is essential to accurately predicting its future path, and thus determining just how close it will get to Earth in the coming years” the study was conducted by Michael Busch. So within the next two days we will be able to watch it very closely.