Large asteroid to bypass the earth on Feb. 15

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by JOHN WENDEL / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This Friday, February 15, an asteroid half the size of a football field will make a very close bypass of earth.

Asteroid 2012DA14 is expected to pass the earth at a distance of 17,200 miles, which is inside the ring of geosynchronous satellites.

The folks at NASA say the asteroid will be as close as 1/13th the distance to the moon. The brightness will be about magnitude 7.5, or too faint to be seen by the naked eye.  Folks in Indonesia as well as Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia using binoculars will have a chance to see the asteroid.

The asteroid will be to faint by the time the earth rotates to where the people in the U.S. would have a chance to see it.

NASA believes an object this size will get close to earth once every 40 years.
 

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