Asteroid 2012 DA14 Will Hit Earth in 2013?
Asteroid along 150 feet or 45.7 meters will be within relatively close to Earth. So close, space rock, named 2012 DA14 will float under the man-made satellites orbiting around our planet.
According to the impact of risk Ameriksa Space Agency (NASA) said the chances of the asteroid manghantam Earth is very low, but on February 15, 2013, was only about 17,000 miles or 27358.8 miles, closer than geostationary satellites are launched humans into space.
If the asteroid were to hit Earth’s size, it will cause an explosion equivalent to a nuclear bomb.
Two astronomers from the Observatorio Astronomico de La Sagra, Spain discovered in 2012 DA14 at the end of February 2012.
Calculated results obtained, the space rock’s orbit is very similar to Earth. Some reports speculate that the possibility of a collision on February 15 of next year. However, astronomer Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy blog owner, despite the impact.
“Asteroid 2012 DA14 is almost certainly not going to hit Earth in February next year. Chances are very low, almost zero. With no impact on the future aside, for now, we are still safe,” he said, as published by the Daily Mail, Monday, March 5, 2012 .
Corresponding distance is even closer than man-made satellite, Plait said, there’s nothing to worry about. “Seventeen thousand miles far below many of our satellites orbiting the Earth. As far as I know, this is the closest asteroid that size over the years. However, he will not hit Earth. In astronomy, 17,000 miles is a short distance, but in human terms, there would be no threat. “
After 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will be back close to Earth in 2020. However, according to Plait, the chances for human harm is lower than the chances of someone being struck by lightning in his life. Which is 1: 100,000.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 While very rarely mentioned its existence, astronomers are now busy in anticipation of possible threats caused by a space rock the next 28 years. Precisely February 5, 2040.
Astronomers the world, from the European Space Agency (ESO) and the U.S. space agency (NASA) is now being focused on the movement of an asteroid that size is slightly longer than a football field. His name, Asteroid 2011 AG5. Chances of hitting the Earth is 1:642, the greatest opportunity ever.
Although the size of space rock that does not destroy the species of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, scientists do not underestimate this asteroid. NASA has placed objects in near-Earth objects to be monitored. Asteroid is even so important agenda of the UN Science Committee meeting or the United Nations Scientific and Technical Subcomittee earlier this month in Vienna.
For, if the asteroid passes and hit a city, undoubtedly millions of lives will be lost.