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Asteroid 2012 DA14 will break records as it passes Earth in near miss

January 31, 2013

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will break records as it passes Earth in near miss

A close call for Earth.

On February 15, an asteroid is expected to race past Earth, according to NASA.

The asteroid will pass at a distance of 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles), coming closer to Earth’s surface than the satellites used to record weather data. According to NASA, an object this size has never been recorded passing so close to Earth before, making it a historic opportunity for stargazers.

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