Asteroid Buzzes By, World Spins On
It came within a relative whisker of 17K miles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2013 1:46 PM CST
This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south.   (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

(Newser) – The world is safe: That 150-foot cosmic rock astronomers were watching hurtled safely past Earth about 2:30pm Eastern. It was the closest known flyby for a rock of its size, passing within 17,500 miles, closer than some satellites. The asteroid was invisible to astronomers in the US at the time of its closest approach, but in Australia, observers used binoculars and telescopes to watch the point of light speed across the night sky. The flyby occurred just hours after smaller meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains. Astronomers say the two events were coincidental.

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kawahchan
Feb 17, 2013 12:33 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Hire a SuperMan who can carry the Asteroid or cosmic rock, throw it like a football out of our Earth's orbit district. No ! Our public universities nationwide should begin to teach the undergraduate courses how to calculate the "Orbit Calculation I & II and error bounding" after Calculus I & II and Differential Equations. Each month, like Arizona, Texas, Alaska, the universities like Texas A&M University system's ROTC, UT-Austin, University of Arizona,.. should expand the responsibility to locate the endangered Asteroid or cosmic rock which will meet our Earth's orbit, the "error bounding" could save our Earth without hitting us once the Earth still have time to knock it out of our orbit. Yes, we will consider to use a nuclear bombs to deliver to reach that endangered Asteroid in advanced year(s).
SPHeroid
Feb 16, 2013 2:50 PM CST
Damn...Now I have to wait for the next bus.......
BCS
Feb 16, 2013 8:04 AM CST
The world spins on and would have regardless.