Asteroid 2012 DA14 as seen on February 14, 2013 at 11:00 UTC when the asteroid was at 0.018 Astronomical Unit from Earth. Images taken with Faulkes Telescope South operated by Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network by E.Gomez. Animation by Remanzacco Observatory

Astronomers Provide a Peek at Asteroid 2012 DA14

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


Our friends Ernesto Guido and Nick Howes from the Remanzacco Observatory — along with Edward Gomez from the Faulkes Telescope — have nabbed a look at asteroid 2012 DA14 as it was approaching Earth on Feb. 14, 2013 at around 11:06UT. Guido and Howes said the asteroid was about 748,000 kilometers (465,000 miles) from Earth, and was only about magnitude 17 in brightness. The animation was created from 3 images taken by Faulkes Telescope South through a 2.0-m f/10.0 Ritchey-Chretien telescope with a CCD. (You may have to click on the image for the animation, depending on your browser.)

See their website for some unique animations and detailed info about tomorrow’s (Feb. 15, 2013) close flyby of this 50 meter- (164 feet-) wide space rock.


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February 14, 2013 10:44 PM

wh at Betty repl ied I'm tak en by surpr ise th at a stay at ho me mom can pro fit $65 20 in 1 mo nth o n the int ernet. d id y ou lo ok at thi s we b pa ge ju mp14.ℂ om

Nick Howes
February 14, 2013 11:38 PM

Images are credit E.Gomez Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Animation created by E.Guido/N.Howes Just to clarify in full

Paul Felix Schott
Paul Felix Schott
February 15, 2013 12:02 AM
A DAY WILL COME SOON ENOUGH 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… Read more »
David Krauss
February 15, 2013 1:52 AM

What’s the nearby object that’s much darker in the first frame?

February 15, 2013 7:01 AM

Meteorite fell to the Ural. 2013.02.15

Xavier Lopez
February 15, 2013 1:53 PM

First off, love the Astronomy Cast–second, I have a question–how is it that we only recently discovered this asteroid, considering that it appears to have a fairly small orbit and will apparently be swinging fairly close to us in the next several years. It must have been doing so before this and yet, we just didn’t know about it?

February 16, 2013 11:45 PM

What is the proof that asteroids came from different “directions”