Asteroid Safely Passes Earth

By Alexandra Montgomery

Asteroid Safely Passes Earth

February 18, 2013 Updated Feb 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) An asteroid flew uncomfortably close to earth earlier this afternoon, but as predicted, it safely passed us.

NASA says the asteroid, named DA14, was about the length of a football field and it was the closest fly-by ever seen for an asteroid of that size.

Before the asteroid passed earth, an expert from Kopernik Observatory spoke about how he thought it wouldn't be a problem. "We don't have anything to worry about," said Roy Williams, public program coordinator, "It's going to miss us."

Williams added that this asteroid was not related to the meteor that hit Russia earlier because it came from a different direction and the two were separated by 24 hours.