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Asteroid 2012 DA to pass close to earth on Feb 15

Posted on Jan 30, 10:37AM | UNI

Hyderabad, Jan 29 : There will be a close encounter of the Earth with a nearby asteriod, 2012 DA 14, on February 15

This is the first near Earth asteroid to pass so close to the Earth in a near Earth asteroid project of NASA, B M Birla Science Centre Director B G Sidharth said in a release here today

He said the asteroid measures about 50 metres and would swoop to within about 27,000 km of the Earth or roughly about one tenth the distance to the Moon

If it had impacted the Earth, it could have caused a hugh crater but as things stand there is no danger to the Earth from this asteroid, Dr Sidharth said