LOS ANGLELES (LALATE) – The asteroid 2012 DA14 today February 15, 2013 is promising a reliable start time but difficult visibility for fans. The start time or arrival time for Asteroid 2012 DA14 today is just hours away, officials tell news, with live streaming video being provided online for viewers. The asteroid will pass across the Indian Ocean. And while it won’t be visible to everyone, officials tell news that, with the aid of a binoculars or small telescope, you will be able to see 2012 DA14 live in Australia, Asian and Europe.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 today (start time 2:25 PM EST, 11:25 AM PST) will pass roughly seventeen thousand miles above earth today. NASA tell news that there is no threat to the earth. But Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, said that an asteroid of this type caused struck the Tunguska, Siberia forest in 1980. “We are the first generation of humans that could do something about this.” He also told news “An asteroid like this could kill a lot of people. This one is one of many, many, many — about 100,000 objects like this. So we have discovered or we have tracked about one percent of them. There’s 99 percent more out there.”
But Nye explains to viewers that the seventeen thousand mile distance is deceptive. In fact, “This one will miss us by about 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes’ difference and that’s it.” He says that if didn’t miss it, millions could be dead. “If such a meteor were to hit Atlanta or New York City or Boston, that would be it for those municipalities…It is something that we as humans all over the world ought to get involved in.”
NASA via telescopes in Australia and Europe are providing live streaming video today. NASA.gov and Ustream have teamed up with Jet Propulsion Laboratory to provide live streaming video today. Telescopes in California, New Mexico and Puerto Rico will be tracking the data while the Goldstone California telescope is expected to make a 3-D mapping of the arrival, reports NBC.
The frequency of an asteroid this size is roughly every 1200 years, officials tell news. It can create damage over roughly an eight hundred square mile region when striking the earth, and have the energy of a 2.5 megaton atomic bomb as well. The live streaming video is below.