Factfile: Asteroid 2012 DA14

  • The asteroid 2012 DA14 is approximately 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter
  • There is no chance the asteroid will collide with the Earth, yet it will be passing closer than ever before
  • It will be 7.30pm (GMT) tonight at the time of its closest approach
  • At this time, it will be over the eastern Indian Ocean, off Sumatra
  • It will be 17,200 miles from Earth at the time of passing, the close approach distance is one tenth the distance between the Earth and moon

Source: NASA


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.