Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flies by Earth Safely
The small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 passed safely by Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. Its closest approach, about 17, 150 miles above the Indian Ocean, came at about 11:25 a.m. PST (2:55 p.m. EST and 1925 UTC). NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office accurately predicted the asteroid’s path and that there was no chance it might collide with Earth. The flyby did provide scientists and astronomers a unique opportunity to study a near-Earth object up close.