Asteroid near miss

From: George Olshevsky (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2013 - 20:06:39 UTC

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    >From today's (1/11/13) New York Times:
    On Feb. 15, a small asteroid, only 130 feet wide, will come close to
    Earth, about 17,000 miles above the equator. That's so close it will
    come between our planet and some of the more distant satellites that
    circle the globe. But it will miss Earth.
    "This will be the closest passage of an object this size," Yeomans said.
    That asteroid, called 2012 DA14, should be visible with smaller
    telescopes and binoculars, but mostly in Eastern Europe, Asia and
    Australia, he said. "
    Just in case there are people on the list who might want to watch for
    it and don't already know about it.
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