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Sound Off: Asteroid approach

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<b> What are the instructions for viewing the asteroid? Will it be visible with binoculars? </b>

On Friday, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make its closest approach to Earth, according to NASA. And Steven Hawley, a Kansas University astronomer and former astronaut, says that it will likely be quite difficult to spot.
The asteroid is predicted to pass by Earth more closely (about 17,200 miles above the surface) than any other asteroid of its size ever has, but it will still be too small to see with the naked eye. But it also will be moving too fast to track easily with a telescope, said Hawley, a professor of physics and astronomy.
That means binoculars would be your best bet, he said, but even that might be a stretch. The asteroid is set to be closest to Earth about 1:25 p.m. Central Time on Friday, and according to NASA it will be most visible in parts of Europe, Africa and Asia.
NASA, though, promises to show a feed of the asteroid’s flyby online, making use of a telescope in Huntsville, Ala., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, at ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc.

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bring_JOHN_BROWN_back

Tesla (Nicola) was responsible for the explosion in 1908....get your fax straight!

4 years, 9 months ago

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Lathrup

Pretty darn scary. I think we got lucky because it is 17000 miles up. No air to rip it apart In a. superheated air explosion.

4 years, 9 months ago

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Hooligan_016

Oh thank goodness, knowing some of the previous gems from "Sound Off", I was thinking this was heading in a completely opposite direction!

i.e. "OMGZ, IS IT GOING TO HIT US?!?!"

4 years, 9 months ago

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Leslie Swearingen

I read that it is going to be closer to the earth than some communication satellites so I am wondering if there is a possibility that electromagnetic forces from the wee beastie could disrupt the Internet.

I like to keep my priorities straight.

4 years, 9 months ago

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SpeedRacer

As long as the Earth isn't texting at the time and pulls out in front of it, we'll be fine.

4 years, 9 months ago

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riverdrifter

A steroid approach works for baseball players but I don't see what good it's gonna do for 2012 DA14.
Next.

4 years, 9 months ago

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