Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:20 PM by Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck
Updated: Feb 15, 2013 4:43 AM
A pretty good sized chunk of space rock will be making an EXCEPTIONALLY close pass to Earth Friday afternoon.
The asteroid named 2012DA14 is about 2/3 the size of a football field and will pass about 17,000 miles over the surface. It seems like a long way, but that's inside the orbits of our geosynchronous satellites which is 22,300 miles. It will make its closest approach over Indonesia at 2:24 est, and this is the approximate view if you were on the rocky asteroid.
You can watch a live video stream from NASA TV Friday afternoon as the asteroid flies by here.
Assuming the smart folks at NASA did their math right, this will be a near miss, but it's scary when you realize that this rock, which would nicely rearrange a city, was only discovered last year.