NASA held a media teleconference on Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss asteroid 2012 DA14 which will have a very close, but safe, flyby of Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. Also discussed are NASA’s efforts to find potentially hazardous near-Earth objects.
To watch a recording of the teleconference, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29104663 .
Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb 15, 2013. In this view, we are looking down from above Earth’s north pole. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Graphic depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during its close approach, as seen edge-on to Earth’s equatorial plane. The graphic demonstrates why the asteroid is invisible to northern hemisphere observers until just before close approach: it is approaching from “underneath” our planet. On the other hand, after close approach it will be favorably placed for observers in the northern hemisphere. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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