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Huge asteroid 2012 DA14 will fly past just 17,000 miles from Earth in Feb 2013

Washington, Mar 7 (): A huge Asteroid of 60 metres width will pass so close to Earth it will fly under man-made satellites orbiting our planet.

Some reports suggested that on February 15 next year an impact was a possibility, but U.S astronomer Phil Plait, the creator of the Bad Astronomy blog, has ruled out an impact.

He wrote: ‘Asteroid 2012 DA14 is almost certainly not going to hit Earth next February. And by “almost certainly”, I mean it. The odds of an impact are so low they are essentially zero. This does not rule out an impact at some future date, but for now we’re safe.’

If an asteroid of that size hits our planet, it would cause an explosion similar to a nuclear blast, analysts reported. However, NASA’s Impact Risk report asserted that the odds of the space rock actually hitting our planet are very low indeed.

To avert a possible disaster, some scientists are suggesting to confront the asteroid with paint or weapons. However, it could take two years to even build a craft to make it to the asteroid. There is a great chance that the asteroid will collide with Earth but there needs to be more calculations to estimate the potential threat and how to actually work out how to avert a possible disaster.

Scientists are suggesting that there is a great possibility that in February of 2013, 2012 DA14 will pass within 16,700 miles from Earth.

Two astronomers from the Observatorio Astronomico de La Sagra in Spain spotted 2012 DA14 in late February and its orbit has been calculated to be very similar to Earth’s.

After next year, 2012 DA14’s closest brush with Earth will come in 2020, but Plait asserted that even then the odds of an impact would be 1 in 100,000.