2012-DA14

Laser-blasting System Could Vaporize Big Asteroids

by Elizabeth Howell February 15, 2013

The uncanny — but unrelated — combination of today’s close flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14 and the meteor that created an airburst event over Russia has many wondering how we could deal with future potential threats to Earth from space. A group of researchers are hoping to aim a laser-blasting vaporizer in its direction and […]

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Asteroid 2012 DA14: Observing Prospects and How to See It

by David Dickinson February 11, 2013

Mark your calendars: this Friday, February 15, 2013, is the close flyby of Near Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14, passing just 27,630 kilometers (17,168 miles) from the surface of the Earth. About 50 meters (164 feet) in size, 2012 DA14 and its close shave marks the the first time there has been passage of an asteroid […]

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In Two Weeks This 50-Meter Asteroid Will Buzz Our Planet

by Jason Major January 30, 2013

¬†Asteroid 2012-DA14 will pass Earth closely on Feb. 15, 2013 (NASA) On February 15 a chunk of rock about 50 meters wide will whiz by Earth at nearly 8 km/s, coming within 27,680 km of our planet’s surface — closer than many weather and communications satellites. For those of you more comfortable with imperial units, […]

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