Asteroid to buzz earth next year

Artist rendition of the asteroid

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 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.

That’s not good enough for some people, however. For them, there’s asteroid insurance.


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  1. REAL
    March 8, 2012


  2. Real
    March 8, 2012

    The end the world on DEC 21 2012. not next year?

  3. Milly
    March 8, 2012

    lol lol lol lol lol @dinosaurs.

  4. pulp-fiction
    March 8, 2012
  5. BIG
    March 7, 2012

    Boy that rock looks like a chonk of meat. :lol:

  6. Jayson
    March 7, 2012

    So it’s more likely for this giant piece of rock to hit the earth and kill thousands of people than for me to win the ‘Super 6 Lotto’??

    boy…that’s something else…!

    • Milly
      March 8, 2012

      aaahahahahahaah never thought of it that way lol, very interesting.

  7. vanassa
    March 7, 2012

    well where it going to strike

  8. Anonymous
    March 7, 2012

    :?: :-| ssad sad newa

  9. woe
    March 7, 2012

    signs of the time quickly approaching boi

  10. March 7, 2012

    man america and china better come together and send some drone to trip that and send it to mars instead.. we can’t rely on the moon again… once is astroid i not afraid… God gave us dominion over everything.. we have technology to deal with that… is not dinosaurs that there this time

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2012

      LOL,U got that one right ain’t dinosaurs that there this time,LOL.

      But all in what have happen will happen.
      Beside God is in control.

    • Roseau
      March 7, 2012

      That is what you think, There are astroids that are a billion times this one size just rolling threw the voids of space endlessly. If one set course for earth there is nothing we can do.

      • TruthExpress
        March 8, 2012

        Not true there is plenty we can do. Right now there is a lot of research on how to use the gravitation of a small object like a rocket to change the coarse of a giant astroid. The real issue is will we see it in time.. If we do there is plenty we can do about it,, We not dinosaurs.. :)

    • lmao
      March 8, 2012

      God, technology, dinosaurs. getting your signals mixed up there bro.

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