posted on Jan, 29 2013 @ 08:56 PM
reply to post by NotAnAspie
In a link to an article I found at spaceweather.com It should be easy for amateur astonomers to see, if it were standing still, but it will be going
very fast and be very hard to track.
"Jan. 28, 2013: Talk about a close shave. On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth only 17,200 miles
above our planet's surface. There's no danger of a collision, but the space rock, designated 2012 DA14, has NASA's attention. "
"NASA radars will be monitoring the space rock as it approaches Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Yeomans says the asteroid will thread the
gap between low-Earth orbit, where the ISS and many Earth observation satellites are located, and the higher belt of geosynchronous satellites, which
provide weather data and telecommunications. "
"During the hours around closest approach, the asteroid will brighten until it resembles a star of 8th magnitude. Theoretically, that’s The problem,
points out Yeomans, is speed. “The asteroid will be racing across the sky, moving almost a full degree (or twice the width of a full Moon) every
minute. That’s going to be hard to track.” "
edit on 29-1-2013 by Xcouncil=wisdom because: To remove stuff :-)