Oncoming asteroid could hit a satellite as it passes Earth

Scientists say an asteroid due to pass Earth on February 15 next year could come so close it might collide with a communications satellite. Astronomers in Spain discovered the asteroid — dubbed 2012 DA14 — a few weeks ago. Although it’s just “a fuzzy little blob” at the moment, its predicted orbit means there’s a slim chance of a collision.

Even if it misses us this time, there’s a “0.031 percent” likelihood of it striking Earth when it swings back around for future flybys. The space rock is estimated to be only 150 feet wide, so if it does hit us it won’t be big enough to wipe out all life on the planet. How reassuring.


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