asteroid DA14

Commentary & Opinion
1:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

David Nightingale: Asteroid DA14

Projected track of Asteroid DA14
Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech

The asteroid “DA14”, which will hurtle past us sometime after lunch today, was discovered by Spanish observers last year.

Our highest satellites, used for GPS, are just over 22,000 miles up, and DA14 will pass underneath that level – coming about 17,000 miles from us. Fortunately, NASA assures us we are safe.

Now Earth and Moon have been hit many times, over the eons, by asteroids.The explosive 1908 Tunguska asteroid, a similar size to the one passing us on Friday  (which for a while many suspected might have been a mini-black hole) damaged 800 square miles of Siberia.

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WAMC News
12:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Bob Berman - The Russian Meteor Explosion and Asteroid DA14

A screenshot from amateur video of the asteroid explosion over Russia the morning of February 15, 2013.

A meteor exploded in the sky over Russia this morning that officials say blasted out countless windows and injured over 1,000 people.

WAMC's Brian Shields spoke today with world renowned astronomer and frequent Vox Pop guest Bob Berman about today’s amazing astrological phenomenon.

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