Asteroid DA14 will narrowly miss collision with Earth as it passes by our planet today according to the scientists. Experts have confirmed that there is zero chance of the asteroid hitting the Earth. However, the 50ft-wide space rock would come close as 17,200 miles to our planet placing it in the orbit of telecommunication and weather satellites.
The space rock, which has been named as the Asteroid DA14, was first discovered in an observatory in southern Spain. The asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, but space equipment can bring the rock in focus. People, who are interested in watching the passing of Asteroid DA14 can fix their eyes on the NASA TV for a live webcast.
NASA TV will broadcast a live webcast during the time when Asteroid DA14 is the closest to the Earth with support from commentary and images from telescopes around the world. The webcast will begin at 19:00 GMT. The asteroid will set the record of the closest pass of any known asteroid since systematic surveys of the sky began in the mid-1990s.
Talking about witnessing DA14, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, Robin Scagell said, “It will be possible to see it if you know where to look, but just waving your binoculars in the right general direction isn’t going to work. The asteroid will be a faint dot of light moving at a steady rate between the stars.”
The next time Asteroid DA14 passes by the earth, it will February 15, 2046 and it will be further away from the earth. For all the people, who would like to watch this celestial event, this would be the right time.