Special feature: "Asteroid 2012 DA14" on the IAC webAstronomical event

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On Friday night, 15 February, asteroid 2012 DA14 maked a close approach to our planet. In Spain, it first was seen from the peninsula at 21:00 local time (UT 20:00*) and half-an-hour later it was visible from the Canaries at 20:30 local time (UT 20:30). It was the closest approach by an asteroid since we have been able to predict their orbits. The IAC will show direct time-lapse videos on this page, as well as links to retransmissions.

(*) In winter Universal Time (UT) coincides with local Canarian time.

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  1. Looking at the sky: If you have binoculars or a telescope, follow the "Guide to observing asteroid 2012 DA14", which we have prepared for the event.
  2. Live on the web:
    Via retransmission by the ESA(European Space Agency)with the IAC images taken with the OGS Telescope in the Observatorio del Teide (OT).
    - ESA Channel (completed), you can see the ESA Replay of the webcast
    Via retransmission by the GLORIA Project, in which IAC participate.
    - sky-live.tv
    - live.gloria-project.eu
  3. At other times on the web: If because of Carnival or some other reason you weren’t able to view it directly, you will still have the opportunity to do so via the images that will be taken from the Teide Observatory with professional and amateur telescopes and photographic cameras, which will be uploaded on the top of this page.

More information:

IAC Press Release:

ESA: Stranger in the night: Space rock to make close Earth flyby


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