Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth, But Don’t Rule Out Communication Satellites

February 7th, 2013 §

2012Asteroid.jpgAsteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the width of a football field (150 feet) and will fly within 17,200 miles of our planet on Friday, Feb. 15, zooming closer to the planet than the ring of satellites in geosynchronous orbit. While Earth is safe from 2012 DA14, an asteroid that size would do a lot of damage if it did impact our planet. A similar-sized rock slammed into Tunguska,  Siberia, in 1908, and flattened some 500,000 acres of forest over an area about the size of Tokyo.