2012 DA14 Asteroid will not hit Earth, say NASA scientists; closest it’ll get to us is by 12,680 miles

MSNBC.com writer Mike Wall-citing information from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists-reports: "Despite feverish speculation from doomsayers, the near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 won’t slam into our planet next year."

You can stop entertaining the thought of singing Aerosmith’s "I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing" before you say goodbye to the world. It’s not going to happen anytime soon. At least that’s what scientists say. (If you don’t believe in science, stop reading this and keep hoarding canned food for your post-Armageddon food cache.)

 

MSNBC.com writer Mike Wall-citing information from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists-reports: "Despite feverish speculation from doomsayers, the near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 won’t slam into our planet next year."

 

The report quoted NASA astronomers, who said that they estimate that the asteroid is about 150 feet across. Wall also took note of a March 6 update from the Near-Earth Object Program Office, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which said: "(The asteroid’s) orbit about the sun can bring it no closer to the Earth’s surface than 3.2 Earth radii on February 15, 2013."

 

Wall went on to point out: "One Earth radius is roughly 3,963 miles at the equator. So by this reckoning, the nearest 2012 DA14 can get to us next year is 12,680 miles." That’s a little over 20, 406 kilometers. At most, as Wall observed, it wil give the Earth "an uncomfortably close shave on February 15, 2013." NASA scientists emphasized: "BUt 2012 DA14 poses no real impact danger on that pass."

 

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