Asteroid 2012 DA14

European Asteroid Smasher Could Bolster Planetary Defense

by Ken Kremer February 24, 2013

Planetary Defense is a concept very few people heard of or took seriously – that is until last week’s humongous and totally unexpected meteor explosion over Russia sent millions of frightened residents ducking for cover, followed just hours later by Earth’s uncomfortably close shave with the 45 meter (150 ft) wide asteroid named 2012 DA14. […]

11 comments Read the full article →

First Radar Observations of Asteroid 2012 DA14

by Nancy Atkinson February 19, 2013

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an initial view of radar observations of asteroid 2012 DA14 generated from data obtained by NASA’s Goldstone Solar System Radar, taken on Feb. 15-16, 2013 as the asteroid headed away from Earth. While these first radar data aren’t very picturesque, they do reveal one obvious thing: this asteroid is […]

4 comments Read the full article →

Photos and Videos of Asteroid 2012 DA14 ‘Running Fast Among the Stars’

by Nancy Atkinson February 16, 2013

Yesterday a 50 meter (160 foot) rock passed just over 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface. This big space rock, named 2012 DA14, dodged us while another smaller and unrelated asteroid gave us an extraterrestrial punch over Russia (read more about that here). Telescopes around the world — both big professional ones and […]

5 comments Read the full article →

Weekly Space Hangout, Feb. 15, 2013: Space Rocks Edition

by Fraser Cain February 15, 2013

We interrupt your regular Weekly Space Hangout with this extra special edition to cover to the two asteroid-related events: the Russian meteor explosion and the close pass of Asteroid 2012 DA14. Joining us for the space round table: Dr. Ian O’Neill, Dr. Pamela Gay, Dr. Thad Szabo, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, Nancy Atkinson, and Scott Lewis […]

2 comments Read the full article →

Latest Video of Asteroid 2012 DA14 Steaking Towards Close Shave with Earth – as Meteor explodes over Russia

by Ken Kremer February 15, 2013

Here’s the latest video of the fast approaching asteroid named 2012 DA14 that’s screeching towards our planet and set to give us all a very close shave this afternoon, shortly after 2 PM EST. NASA TV will provide Live coverage starting at 2 PM EST. Ken Kremer on Google+

1 comment Read the full article →