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The green orbits correspond to Comet 96P/Machholz, source of the annual delta Aquarid meteor shower. Although this is a minor shower, it is fraught with interest. Some researchers believe that 96P/Machholz came from another star system. Every delta Aquarid that disintegrates in the night sky could be depositing material from across the galaxy into Earth's upper atmosphere.
Forecasters expect as many as 15 delta Aquarids per hour when the shower peaks on July 28th and 29th. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is during the dark hours before sunrise on Saturday and Sunday when the moon has set and the constellation Aquarius is relatively high in the sky.
The asteroid will not impact the Earth on February 15, 2013. As of May 1, 2012, the odds of impact on 2020-Feb-16 are 1 in 37,037,000. There is an estimated cumulative 0.031% risk (1 in 3,230) of 2012 DA14 impacting Earth sometime between 2020 and 2082. It is rated a low −3.19 on the Palermo Scale. (The risk is less than one thousandth of the estimated risk of another similarly sized near earth asteroid hitting the Earth during that time period. It is estimated that there are more than a million near-Earth asteroids smaller than 100 meters.) It rates 0 (No Hazard) on the Torino scale. If it were to strike the Earth, it is estimated that it would produce the equivalent of 2.4 megatons of TNT. The Tunguska event has been estimated at 3−20 megatons. On February 15, 2013, DA14 will pass no closer than 0.000181 AU (27,100 km; 16,800 mi) from the center-point of the Earth, which is no closer to the Earth's surface than 3.2 Earth radii. The nominal pass will be 0.00023 AU (34,000 km; 21,000 mi) from the center-point of the Earth. This is potentially closer than satellites in geosynchronous orbit. The asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye. Due to the uncertainty in the observation arc of 79 days, there is a small possibility that the asteroid will pass 0.00035 AU (52,000 km; 33,000 mi) from the Earth on February 15, 2013.
Originally posted by timetothink
They say it is about 45 meters wide and will pass less than 35,000 kilometers from Earth.
How close of a call could it be?
an estimated mass of about 120,000 metric tons
If it were to strike the Earth, it is estimated that it would produce the equivalent of 2.4 megatons of TNT. The Tunguska event has been estimated at 3−20 megatons.
Originally posted by Unity_99
Just remember, you can't trust any of the current info on it once the initial report or announcement was given, they would probably wipe the info or alter it and have numerous unlawful legislations under the sleeves for doing this, and seizing all the media and information online.