Asteroid 2012 DA14 will rub the ground threatening the safety of satellites
January 9, 2013
An asteroid of 50 meters in diameter that remains the orbit of the Earth, called 2012 DA14, will rub the planet next month of February.
“There is no danger of collision with the planet, but could endanger the safety of some artificial satellites, since it will be a similar distance at which are usually placed these devices into orbit”, experts said.
“Specifically, the space rock, discovered by the Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra (Seville) in February 2012 will approach only 27,000 miles of Earth, a distance less than some of the geostationary satellites”.
Astronomer Phil Plait explained on his website, “The probability of an impact with earth are so low that they are essentially zero. This does not preclude an impact at some future date, but for now we are safe.”