Today you’re in for a treat if you’re interested in seeing massive hunks of space debris fly past our planet thanks to NASA. The NASA team has put together a live video stream for your enjoyment, showing the Earth flyby in real time today at 2:25 p.m. EST. For those of you wondering – no, there is no chance that this asteroid will be colliding with our planet, so you can rest easy.
The NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office has let it be known that they’ve successfully been able to predict the path of the 2012 DA14 thus far, and have no reason to believe it’ll be changing to a collision course with the planet at any time. On the other hand, this asteroid will be passing so close to the Earth that it will be inside our planet’s massive ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites – so if you’ve got any rogue spaceships up there you’ve been meaning to move, you should probably have already done so.
At this point in time – 11:21 AM PST you’ll see the image above showing how NASA puts the 2012 DA14 asteroid at a point closer to the Earth than we are to any of our other planetary cousins. Have a peek at the live stream here as well:
Let us know what you think of this big event and how awesome you feel it is that we’re able to watch the whole thing on the web! This sort of asteroid movement has previously been broadcast on every sort of set all the way back to black and white television, with NASA behind the helm all the way. Have a peek at the timeline below for more information on recent asteroid or meteor happenings as they occurred in our solar system over the past few weeks and months as well!
UPDATE: you can follow the asteroid in a fabulous computer simulation in NASA’s “Eyes on the Solar System” web app as well. It’s a must-see sort of situation – you can ride along with the rock!