Asteroid 2012 DA14 — a 150-foot-wide jagged hunk of rock hurtling through the blackness of space — came within 1.5 million miles of the Earth on Feb. 16. Discovered in late February by astronomers in Spain, it will pass just 16,700 miles from our planet next year, according to NASA — even closer than many geostationary communications satellites.
The small asteroid probably won’t hit those satellites, though NASA is still looking to refine its understanding of DA14’s orbit, spokesman D.C. Agile told FoxNews.com. But one thing is pretty clear: It won’t hit us. NASA’s Near Earth Object program lists the probability that it will strike Earth as 1 in 77,000 — a 99.9987 percent chance that it will miss.
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