Asteroid to Make Historic Near-Miss of Earth - 8 News NOW

Asteroid to Make Historic Near-Miss of Earth

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS - History will be made Friday when an asteroid makes the closest approach to Earth in recorded history.

The asteroid's technical name is 2012 DA14. While its trajectory will send it past Earth, NASA insists the rock will not hit our planet.

Track the Asteroid's Progress

While the asteroid may appear too close for comfort, it is actually going to be 17,000 miles away when it flies by Earth.

Asteroids like DA14 are rocky debris left over from the creation of our solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago. This one is approximately half the size of a football field in diameter.

It's large enough to see in the United States, but the best views will be in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.

"It's not going to be an easy sight to see even for those folks, and then it will be in the daylight sky for U.S. observers," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office. "It's an object that's extremely interesting, because it actually passes within many of the satellites that are orbiting within the Earth."

The asteroid is expected to pass at approximately 11:24 a.m. Pacific Time.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.