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The visit of 2012 DA14, the closest ever asteroid to pass the Earth

Feb. 14, 2013

2012 DA14 will pass some 27,700 kilometres from the surface of the Earth next Friday, 15 February. It will be the closest ever non-impacting encounter since the orbits of these bodies have been studied, although it won't be visible to the naked eye

On Friday night, 15 February, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to our planet. This proximity, however, must be seen on an astronomical scale, for, in reality, this celestial object with a diameter between 40 and 50 metres will pass some 27,700 kilometres above the surface of the Earth at a speed close to 28,000 kilometres an hour.

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