Asteroid to Make Closest Approach to Earth in Recorded History

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Asteroid to Make Closest Approach to Earth in Recorded History

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM EDT

It's not going to hit us, but Friday will see an asteroid come the closest to pass by our blue planet in recorded history.

NASA scientists say that the asteroid, named 2012 DA14, is projected to move swiftly and safely past Earth on February 15th.

NASA is hoping to use this flyby as a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday during the close, but safe, flyby of the small near-Earth asteroid.

The half-hour broadcast from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.

The commentary will be streamed live online at the NASA Live Stream website.

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