Asteroid 2012 DA14 – You can spot it, here’s how
New Delhi: You got to be lucky for this one. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will zoom past Earth tonight, presenting a rare opportunity for sky gazers, especially amateur ones, to soak in the sights of the interplanetary visitor.
Although Asteroid 2012 DA 14 will come very close to earth – less than 17,200 miles – it will not be visible from all parts of the globe. While people in Indonesia would find it easiest to catch a glimpse of it between 18:00 and 22:00 GMT, people in other countries of Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia can also catch a glimpse using a binocular.
During the window, it can be seen as a fast travelling celestial object, crossing an area of the sky as wide as the full moon roughly every 30 seconds.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is about half the size of a football field. The asteroid will come closest to the Earth at 19:25 GMT. As per NASA, the space rock will be 60 times fainter than the faintest star visible with the naked eye.
However, the most important factor will be clear weather conditions.
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