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Asteroid the size of a football field to buzz past Earth on February 15

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Asteroid 2012 DA 14

According to NASA scientists, an asteroid as big as a football field will hurtle past the Earth on February 15. The asteroid doesn’t pose a real threat but it will the first time an asteroid that big will buzz past our planet. Asteroid 2012 DA14 is 50 meters wide and will come within 28,000 kilometers of the Earth’s surface. NASA scientists will monitor its track to gather information on its size, spin and shape, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The last time an asteroid as big as this one hit the Earth was 50,000 years ago creating the Meteor Crater in Arizona.

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  1. [...] 2012 DA 14 asteroid will buzz past earth on February 15. The 50m wide asteroid will be the first space rock to pass so close to Earth since records began. It will travel at five miles per second 28,000 km above the equator next Friday. Donald Yeomans, a manager at the Jet Propuslion Laboratory in California said the asteroid will “pass no closer than 17,100 miles from Earth’s surface.” [...]

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