An asteroid that is big enough to flatten London will be flying by the planet in the afternoon sky Friday. This 2012 DA14 asteroid will be a close call, as the space rock will be closer to Earth then some of the man-made satellites, according to Fox News on Friday morning, Feb. 15, 2013.
According to some scientists, the meteor that exploded over Russia today, injuring more that 700 people, is not related to the meteor that’s expected to fly by the planet tonight, according to the Daily Mail. While other scientists are not so sure if they are connected or not.
One theory shared on Fox News on Friday, is that the meteor that hit Russia just might be a piece of the asteroid 2012 DA14. This is the asteroid coming toward Earth and will pass by very closely tonight, according to Meghan Kelly, Fox News anchor.
Is it possible that the 2012 DA14 shed a piece of space rock and this is what exploded over Russia today, causing injury and wide-spread panic? No one knows for sure where this meteorite that exploded in Russia came from, but it is a possibility.
On Fox News live Friday Jay Melosh, a Purdue University professor, said the asteroid could interrupt the beams that are coming down from satellites. So if your cell phone or TV reception goes down for a few seconds, it could be the asteroid, he reports.
Watch the live-stream from NASA for the 2012 DA14 Asteroid starting today here.
According to the Daily Mail on Friday, NASA assures the inhabitants of the Earth that tonight’s asteroid will not hit the planet. If the meteor did hit the earth, it would be the equivalent to 2.4 million tons of dynamite going off. It would cause 1000 times more damage than the atomic bomb did at Hiroshima decades ago.
Friday night’s asteroid will be one for the record books, as it will be the closet call with an asteroid that the planet has had since they began keeping records on these space rocks.
Since the asteroid will pass through the same orbit that the satellites are in, there is a small chance this space rock could take out one of the TV, radio or communication satellites, according to the Daily Mail.
The 2012 DA14 asteroid will be visible using binoculars from Europe to Australia. NASA will also live-stream the event, as the asteroid is due to pass by Earth at 2:24 p.m. today.