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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:59 PM

 

Don't forget to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 at 2:25 PM EST

You can watch it on the NASA Channel or watch it online at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

The best way for most of us to watch asteroid 2012 DA14 come within 17,200 miles of Earth on Friday, and then recede harmlessly into the cosmos, is to fire up your Web browser and watch the show online. Pictures of the space rock, which is about half the length of a football field, are already starting to roll in.

NASA's experts on near-Earth objects say that the time of closest approach will come at 2:25 p.m. ET, when the asteroid is zooming above the eastern Indian Ocean at a speed of almost 17,500 mph (7.8 kilometers per second). It'll be too dim to see with the naked eye, but observers in Australia, Asia and Europe might be able to follow it with binoculars or small telescopes if they know exactly where to look. (If you want to try it, follow the directions at the bottom of this item.)

Then there are the professionals: Astronomers around the world are tracking 2012 DA14 with optical telescopes and radar dishes to learn more about the asteroid's color, shape, spin and reflectivity. Such data could tell them what the object is made of, and perhaps provide insights into how similar objects could be diverted if they were on a threatening course. Which this one is not.

Experts estimate that asteroids the size of 2012 DA14 hit our planet every 1,200 years or so, exploding with the energy of a 2.5-megaton atomic bomb: The last such impact struck a remote region of Siberia without warning in 1908, flattening 820 square miles of forest. If an object that big were to hit in just the wrong place, it could wipe out a city. Coincidentally, a much smaller meteoroid came down over Russia on Friday,sparking a fireball and a glass-shattering shock wave.

More: http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/15/16966984-watch-asteroid-2012-da14-buzz-past-harmlessly-via-streaming-video

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Reply Don't forget to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 at 2:25 PM EST (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 OP
louis-t Feb 2013 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 #2
louis-t Feb 2013 #6
UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 #7
Hatchling Feb 2013 #3
Coyotl Feb 2013 #4
spin Feb 2013 #5

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:04 PM

1. Don't look directly at it!!!

Remember the movie "Night of the Comet"? It was a Sci-Fi classic, made in the early '80s, about a comet that turned everyone into zombies or red powder if they were outside when it went by. My picture is in that movie on the back of an album cover one of the cast was holding in a scene at a radio station.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:10 PM

2. Which album?

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:38 PM

6. The band was 'Barooga'.

We were on Capitol Records, managed by Seger's manager. That album cover showed up on a tv show, too. 'Too Close for Comfort' with Ted Knight, but they used the front cover on that show. A palm tree with sand and a rhino running across. In the movie, the blonde girl is holding a stack of albums in a radio station with ours on top. I'm the guy with the curly hair and moostache, lower right(?) corner. We also did 4 shows with U2 on their first American tour. If you google the name 'Barooga' or 'Barooga Bandit', there are some articles from Boston newspapers about the U2 shows there.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:51 PM

7. That's cool.

 

It's fun keeping track of music you created.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:15 PM

3. I love that movie!

I have a vcr recording of it from HBO when they showed movies without commercials. It is indeed a classic.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:17 PM

4. The end is coming, the end is coming .... Countdown clock, LIVE video, more:

http://www.bareket-astro.com/en.htm

Asteroid 2012 DA14 flyby - observe for several minutes & look for a moving white dot

* Refrain from refreshing the page - images uploaded automatically -- every 30-60 sec *

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 01:51 PM

5. K&R (n/t)

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