Feb 15, 2013 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
At 19:25 UTC today (2:25 p.m. Eastern US time), the asteroid 2012 DA14 will be at its closest approach to Earth. At that time, it will be about 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) above the surface of the Earth, give or take a few clicks. At 50 meters in diameter the asteroid will be dim even at that distance, only visible via binoculars or a telescope…and even then, you have to be on the right side of the Earth to even get a chance! That means eastern Europe, Australia, and Asia. It won’t be visible until nighttime in the US (of course), long after closest approach, but big ‘scopes will still get a view.
At noon EST, NASA will stream near real-time imagery of the asteroid’s fly-by from feeds made available by astronomers in Australia and Europe. Click here to watch.