Asteroid 'near-miss' with Earth

An asteroid big enough to flatten London has 'narrowly' missed the Earth on Friday night. Experts say it came as close as 17,200 miles to us.

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Asteroid will approach from 'underneath' the Earth

An asteroid will fly past the Earth tonight, entering the orbit of telecommunication and weather satellites.

The trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14 on 15th February 2013 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image shows the asteroid's movements, looking down from above Earth's north pole.

Trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14 during its close approach Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This image shows why the asteroid will not be visible to the northern hemisphere's observers, until very close to the Earth, because it is approaching from "underneath" the planet.

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