Asteroid Passes By; Near-Miss Raises Concerns As Russia Meteor Explodes

By iScienceTimes Staff on February 18, 2013 9:31 AM EST

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Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed by Earth on Friday. (Photo: NASA)

An asteroid passed by Earth on Friday and was the closest near miss on record according to NASA. Asteroid 2012 DA 14 is an object about half the size of a football field in diameter and the asteroid passed by about 17,000 miles from Earth. Although 17,000 miles doesn't sound very close, the asteroid passed by closer to Earth than the satellites that orbit the planet.

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Although the asteroid passed by without incident, another astrological event captured global news headlines on Friday when a meteor exploded in the skies above Russia and injured nearly 1,000 people.

Although the asteroid passed by without incident, the meteor over Russia drew the world's attention to the dangers of these interstellar time bombs. Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter all weekend to advocate for increased research and funding to detect, and deflect, deep space objects like the asteroid that passed by on Friday.

Neil deGrasse Tyson wasn't the only pop culture friendly scientist making the rounds this past week to talk up asteroid awareness in the wake of Friday's asteroid pass by. Bill Nye "The Science Guy" gave a series of interviews in which he discussed the need for more research and more funding so that advanced detection systems could help humanity learn of a potential planet-killer before its too late.


"An asteroid like this could kill a lot of people," he told The Young Turks. "This one is one of many, many, many -- about 100,000 objects like this. So we have discovered or we have tracked about one percent of them. There's 99 percent more out there."

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