NASA livestreaming that other asteroid passing Earth (watch here)

simonhamer:

Fascinating

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

You may have heard about the crazy meteor that shattered windows with its sonic boom this morning. Well, an asteroid’s passing Earth now, and NASA is livestreaming its progress.

The asteroid, known as 2012 DA14, is set to fly very close to Earth — it will come within 17,200 miles of us today. Experts say that while the asteroid will not hit Earth, it’s one of the first asteroids this big to come this close to our planet. It is a full 150 feet wide, about the size of a football field, as NASA notes.

The asteroid is set to fly by at its closest at 2:24 p.m. Eastern time.

Its arrival, however, was overshadowed this morning when a meteor flew through Earth’s atmosphere, breaking the sound barrier and causing a lot of commotion in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. It created a massive sonic boom that sent…

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