Asteroid

An illustration showing the flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14. The rock will be closest to Earth around 11 a.m. (NASA /JPL-Caltech / February 14, 2013)

The largest asteroid to come in close contact with Earth is set to fly by our planet Friday morning.

The rock, called Asteroid 2012 DA14, is 150 feet in diameter and will fly around 27,000 km above the surface of Earth. The moon is roughly 384,400 km from Earth.

NASA astronomers have said there is no chance of an impact. The close encounter will take place around 11 a.m. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the rock during the day, even with a small telescope.

But NASA will stream images and live commentary from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA TV.

Images from Europe and Australia will be shown starting at 9 a.m. Commentary from JPL starts at 11 a.m.

The broadcast is available online at: www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 and www.nasa.gov/ntv.

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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