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Asteroid 2012 Da14 To Make Close Pass By Earth February 15-16

Asteroid 2012 Da14

Asteroid 2012 Da14 generated quite a lot of buzz when it was discovered last year, and next month it’s set to make its eerily close pass by Earth.

Initially, there were fears that 2012 Da14 might come a little too close to Earth, enough to possibly impact. Fortunately for all of us, astronomers said at the time that there was essentially no chance of the asteroid hitting the Earth, and that hasn’t changed.

When the asteroid passes by between February 15-16, 2013, it will be a little too close for comfort; it’s expected to come as close as 34,500km (21,400 miles) which happens to be around the same distance as geostationary satellites orbiting the planet. In fact, it could actually go under some orbiting satellites.

The next time asteroid 2012 Da14 passes by Earth will be in 2020 and, according to NASA, there’s no chance of that pass impacting Earth. Initially, however, there appeared to be a possibility. Earth Sky reports that in March of last year, NASA astronomer Donald Yeomans said there was a “1 in 83,000″ chance of an impact.

Fortunately, NASA has since ruled out that possibility after further observation and number crunching.

While we’re safe from the threat of asteroid impacts for at least the next decade, the future isn’t quite so certain. The infamous asteroid 99942 Apophis is due to come barreling towards Earth in 2029 and, unlike 2012 Da14, there is a chance of impact – even if it’s small.

Initial estimates suggested that the probability of impact was in the 2.7% range, which would make it the highest probability ever. The risk was downgraded after astronomers had more time to examine the asteroid, but the chance of an impact still exists – but only a 1 in 250,000 chance.

An impact from Apophis in 2029 isn’t the only thing astronomers have to look out for. Some concern has been raised over whether or not Apophis could pass through a “gravitational keyhole,” an immensely tiny region above Earth where gravity would be able to alter the course of the asteroid, putting it on a path that would result in a much higher chance of impact.

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10 Responses to “Asteroid 2012 Da14 To Make Close Pass By Earth February 15-16”

  1. Anonymous

    2013 Feb 14 – 16.

    ALL THAT EVER LIVED ON EARTH WILL SOON HAVE THEIR EYES TO THE HEAVENS.

    Do a little History on this one.

    ALL Should Look Up "2012 DA14".

    This could take out one of more satellites and the junk and debris from the hit could end up taking out many more satellites very soon after that. All the satellite collision probability will go way up if even one is hit. The velocity that the parts would go to would make them missiles that would start targeting a chain reaction this would not be good.

    Most all will be watching this one and pray it goes by us without a hit. Every Scientist alive will be watching this event. Many will be in Florida for a very special viewing of the once in a Lifetime Event. Professors, Scientist, World Leaders, Ham Radio Operators and Every Astronomer will have its eyes on This Event, along with almost every TV set on Earth.

    "2012 DA14" goes by Earth twice a year and there is no way anyone for sure, can tell how close the second pass will be till it passes by the Moon and Earth and the GRAVITATIONAL FORCE effect that it will have on this Asteroid.

    They may come close but this one is already coming very close to begin with. Too close this time or on its second or 3rd pass? Ad a Meteor Shower like the 13 and 14 of December of 2012, it might go through or bump into one of them? Or all the other more then 20,00 pieces of orbital debris like Spent Rocket Boosters left in space that can no longer be moved by a control center on Earth. Or add a Solar Flare. Or a Comet ISON or its tail debris of millions of rocks of all sizes.

    If a big enough one were to slam into the moon in the night sky you would think the sun was coming up early only it would be 5 to 7 times as bright. From The Sun's Rays Reflection on all the Debris Field.

    2012 XM16, 2012 XM55, 2012 XP55, THERE ARE OVER 25 found just in the year 2012 that are part of the Near Earth Object Program that will come close to Earth from now till 2012 DA14 comes, Feb 14 – 16, 2013.

    You do not want to know how many are on the "PLANETARY DEFENSE" list.
    The PLANETARY DEFENSE is not to protect Earth from men from Mars.
    It is for all mankind with most all Nation in on it to stop if can most all collision with EARTH from a ASTEROID IMPACT. It is if you will a AVOIDANCE SHIELD. "N.E.O.S. Near Earth Object Shield".

    If only one were to hit or IMPACT EARTH on land get ready for a winter you will never forget. The winter from 1883 -1884 KRAKATOA you will think was a little pebble, and now the stone comes.

    A Shock Wave was felt in England from a Event about 7:15 to 7:20 A.M. Siberia time in the morning in June of the year 1908 high in the sky above the Forest in the remote wilderness of Tunguska Siberia heard an explosion that laid flat more than 800 square miles of the forest with all the trees pointing away from the center of the blast with most all the trees laying on their side. Some trees that were right below the blast were still there looking like telephone poles with no bark or branches left on them. This Asteroid did not even hit the Ground and this is known by most as the TUNGUSKA EVENT. For all that lived there it was WORMWOOD Rev 8:11 the wood became full of worms and the rivers water no longer sweet and undrinkable.

    If a Meteor Shower is big enough you might think all the stars are falling from Heaven.

    About one every 100 years makes it into the Earth’s Atmosphere big enough for all to take note. Some make it to the surface the signs are all over the Planet and moon from the ones that have.

    If you need a visual sign of a collided impact with a planet look to.

    "SHOEMAKER – LEVY 9" July 1994.

    You Need More Look up "PROJECT WORMWOOD" Revelations 8: 10 – 11 based on the "TUNGUSKA EVENT" 1908.

    Better to be safe then sorry.

    GET READY

    Read your Bible.
    While you still can,
    and May our Lord GOD Bless all that do so.
    John 14 : 6.
    Luke 13 : 27.
    Matthew 7 : 20 – 27.

    Matthew 12:39

    Matthew 24:3 – 14.

    The Lord's Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    December 24 – 26, 2013 the Heavens above COMET "C/2012 S1", "ISON".

    ALL ON EARTH WILL SEE THIS NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. the night side of earth will become day and and day will be blinding bright.

    Shortly there after you will think the stars are falling from the Heavens, from ISON long tail if it dose not eat Mars first and makes it around the SUN.

    P.S.
    Help others in are Lord's name Jesus Christ help bring all to know him while you still can.

  2. Anthony John Harper

    Food for Thought.

    Would any origination or government inform the plebs that any satellite would collided with the Earth..

    In doing so such news in some over-reacting countries would send them into epidemic panic.

    lol