Live Blog: Asteroid 2012 DA14 approaches Earth
February 15th, 2013
01:42 PM ET

Live Blog: Asteroid 2012 DA14 approaches Earth

It's not going to crash here, but it's still exciting! An asteroid made its closest pass by Earth at around 2:24 p.m. ET, flying about 17,200 miles above Earth’s surface. It’s estimated to be about 150 feet (45 meters) across with an estimated mass of 130,000 metric tons.

The flyby was the closest ever predicted for an object this large, according to NASA.  The asteroid, called 2012 DA14, flew between Earth and the satellites that ring the planet 22,200 miles up.

Scientists think there may be 500,000 asteroids the size of 2012 DA14, but fewer than 1% have been located.

NASA says the asteroid is entirely unrelated to the meteor that exploded over Russia Friday.

Check back for live updates beginning at 2 p.m.

2:27 p.m. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will continue to stream images at More information is available at

2:25 p.m. We survived! The asteroid has passed its closest approach, and is now heading away from Earth.

2:24 p.m. Paul Chodas is back. He says the orbit will shrink a little. It could make a close approach again in the year 2046. We can predict its path through most of the 21st century, he says.

2:20 p.m. Lance Benner from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory talks about the Goldstone Solar System Radar, which is useful in measuring the size, shape, rotation state. Scientists want to better understand its motion.

The asteroid appears to rotate about once every six hours, he says. "It's conceivable that it could be somewhat larger or smaller" than the estimate of 150 feet. He'll be heading out in about an hour to get more data about this space rock.

2:14 p.m. A visualization tool called Eyes on the Solar System uses data on DA14 to track the asteroid in real time. You can visit this website to look around the entire solar system in an interactive way, including the asteroid.

2:10 p.m. Talking about the Russian meteor: The two events are unrelated. "It's simply a coincidence" that they happened to come near the Earth on the same day.

An amateur group in Spain spotted the 2012 DA14 asteroid. NASA-funded surveys have found 95% of near-Earth objects.

The Gingin observatory is observing the streaking of the asteroid. It's amazing how bright the asteroid is on its approach, says Paul Chodas of the Near Earth Object team. The reason it streaks: It moves during the time exposure of the telescope, he says.

Auriol Heary at the Gingin Observatory in Australia says there are very clear skies. "The Milky Way is so clear you can almost touch it."

2:04 p.m. If you're in Eastern Europe, Asia or Australia, you could see this object with binoculars or a telescope, says NASA's Don Yeomans, who gave CNN a Science Seat interview this week.

2 p.m. NASA says we know the closest approach of this asteroid will be about 2:25 p.m., but "closest approach" takes hours. From that point on, it will be flying away from the planet. NASA is showing images, both from hobbyists in Australia.

The Gingin Observatory, near the town of Perth, Australia, on the Western side, is capturing a great view of the asteroid moving.

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  1. mimes999

    This might look cool but it is not.
    Danica is more fast then those Aseroids, any way, if the rest of the world go Kaput and Danika is OK, I am ok to...
    Well this is bit to stupid, first of all, we all just wait to get hit by the mister right one.....
    It is not it will, or not, it is inevetablle, it will happen one day... That day will come, but it is the question what we will do about that... Obama, Putin, Merkel and others are not for real... It is bit funny,

    February 20, 2013 at 4:32 am |
  2. sergio hinojosa

    DA2012 is 50 yards wide and 130 thousand metric tons.
    The meteor that hit Sibiera was smaller with a weight of 7 tons.

    February 18, 2013 at 4:31 am |
  3. dale schory

    we need to spend more money on space exploration. if anything large ever hits us,it may be the end of us all.

    February 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  4. semper fi

    If it was to hit us......we would have never been told.

    February 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  5. Yuck

    I hope this would calm the Russians and nations near it.....

    February 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
  6. Severin

    Ah, the arrogance of Christians. Thinking that it's only possible for their religion to exist.

    February 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
  7. Memo2

    NASA story was wrong, can we trust NASA story next time ?.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  8. W.

    As the men with "Big Brains" have determined: absolute velocity and absolute position are nonsensical terms. I suspect that the very tiny asteroid beings must have been really scared when the earth came flying by so fast with all those appliances sitting around in the nearby space, and now they are faced with zooming into the giant lBBQ. We should all have compassion for the tiny beings that inhabit asteroids. Some day, all life will go extinct, said a "Big Brain." I feel compelled to add my sarcasm to those who adjudicate themselves professed in the science of extemporaneous hyperbole. It worked for me when I ran my lab, and now I am running a wheelchair. What do I know? I am just a particle.

    February 16, 2013 at 5:33 am |
  9. Wole Adenuga

    Earn up to 105% profit of your

    February 16, 2013 at 2:25 am |
  10. MaryM

    The solar system is throwing rocks at the earth. I think it is trying to tell us something

    February 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • jerseyguy36

      We have been pelted like this or more for a very long time, like many millions of years. We are just now getting smart enough to realize what is going on, I think, maybe, Hope so etc.

      February 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  11. Knights Who Say "Ni"

    I will say "Ni" to you! Prepare for your doom!

    February 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  12. hi

    Wow. good thing this NEOdidn't hit its mark

    February 15, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  13. hi


    February 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  14. ishmael

    well, thus just too far from the earth, no need to worry at all anyway

    February 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  15. ishmael

    well, thus just too far from the earth, no need to worry at all

    February 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
  16. sharpzy7

    the earth most surely come to an end you know not science can stop it

    February 15, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

      Its prophecy, you know where it says there will be signs in the heavens, one for GOD, Zero for science.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
      • Jacob

        I don't think that's quite exactly what it says. Besides, if it weren't for science, you wouldn't even know the asteroid was there.

        February 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • hi

        like wow. Science rocks don't deny it

        February 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
      • hi

        science is the root of all the world. think how much we wouldn't know without it

        February 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
      • A

        Yes. First chapters of genesis state the stars and what is in heaven is for signs and seasons. Amazing that human science could be tracking an asteroid, yet be shocked by an unknown, unrelated meteorite instead. Goes to show God is in control of everything. Science included.

        February 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • jerseyguy36

      for "Hi" et al. their post was: science is the root of all the world. think how much we wouldn't know without it.

      Surely true, But it is Science that is helping us to understand God and all his creations. I love learning about both Science and God since they go Hand in Hand and cannot be separated.

      February 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
      • Matthew

        I agree but you also forgot the spagetti monster

        February 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  17. theycallmechuck

    Paul Chodas says It could make a close approach again in the year 2046... as long as Chuck Norris says it's ok

    February 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  18. jerry agwu

    Quite an interesting day. Hope we can get better explanations because we are still not to cleared.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  19. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  20. Badly-Bent

    Any chance of latching a shuttle on to one of these massive asteroids and getting a free ride to say, Mars?

    February 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  21. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • jerseyguy36

      Is you "Caps lock" key stuck in the "shout" position?

      February 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  22. johann1965

    But....I just drank a funny tasting cool-aid after my church pastor told me to duck? You mean, we aren't all going to be judged today? Oh...feeling sleepy now. I'll chat more when I wake up....zzzzzzzz.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  23. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  24. Derek

    Tunguska in 1908 and another big one in 2013. Hmm. That country can't catch a break. 2 big meteorites in 100 years is kind of a long shot.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  25. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  26. draaksteker

    And this all happened on Obama's watch??? ...............just kidding people!!

    February 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm |

    I have a question? If the meteor that hit Russia is not related to the Asteroid that just passed us...then where in the hell did it come from? That's the one we have to worry about....

    February 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  28. Jokesterer

    An asteroid?! Ain't nobody got time for dat!

    February 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • Brenda


      February 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  29. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  30. bigbendjc

    Wow...I felt the wind go through my thinning hair!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  31. johnny


    February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  32. Bob

    I lost internet connection for a couple of minutes right as it passed by. I suspect it may have interfered with a communication satellite.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  33. citizenUSA

    The universe should keep it's crap to itself.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Ano

      That would include human beings.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • citizenUSA

        So... what are you, a goat?

        February 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
  34. Hassan almosawi

    That is 'God power ' oh God keep this earth

    February 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  35. johnny

    imagine if this hit on december 20th peple would be going crazy and i would be in laughter

    February 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • hi

      no kidding

      February 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
  36. John Wyndham

    Thanks to the NRA for deflecting this meteor with all their guns!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Exporer 1

    I was hoping for a little gravitational pull, or something.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  38. BIGHOBIE99

    When do the Zombies wake up???????????????

    February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  39. Jokesterer

    God was planning to destroy the earth with this asteroid but I prayed for Him to spare us. He did. Obviously prayer works.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  40. johnny

    why couldnt the people in the world get a clear live view of this thing from nasa or is this just the governments way of trying to cotroll the people in this world just like the ufo's

    February 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
    • Adam

      We did get a clear view, you just have to be intelligent enough to know how to have found it 😉

      February 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Alpha Deus

    Some are suggesting it may have directly hit north korea...but as yet nobody has noticed any difference

    February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  42. Eric

    Thank you obomma for waiving your hand and deflecting this away from our planet–ALL HAIL OBAMMA!!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Tim Allen

    Already? What happened to missing the earth by 15 minutes tonight that all the news reports were talking about? Doesn't lend confidence that they knew what they were talking about.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • D.Omega

      The time refers to the approximate distance from Earth (the time, in its speed, that it would be away from Earth). It would be about 15 minutes away from Earth, as in it would take 15 minutes from its closest position to enter or strike the planet.

      That is well within the orbit of the Moon, as well as within geosynchronous orbit of many satellites. EXTREMELY close. Happening now. You have to be on the night-side of Earth to be able to have a chance to sight and track it (going very, very fast)-but still viewable. About the brightness of a dim star.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
      • D.Omega

        But they ARE wrong about a great many things-and are constantly surprised by what's discovered. Not to mention often far too confident in their estimations. They've been 'surprised' countless times over the last several years.

        February 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
  44. Boo

    Well that was anticlimactic...yawn

    February 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • loverpoint

      Aloha asteroid.

      Aloha- means hello and goodbye.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  45. luis cano

    no pasa por argentina la puto madree yo lo queria veeeer

    February 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  46. Penny Nickels

    How could it not have landed in Washington D.C? That city needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • infonomics

      Dear ET's: I forgot the most important one:

      Washington D. C. : 38.8900° N, 77.0300° W (as you requested)

      February 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  47. slingshotsam

    WIll it be visible tonight in the United States? WIll there be an asteroid trail? WIll the Cubs ever WIN?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Brian

      These questions, and many others, will be answered on the next episode of...."Soap"!

      February 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Weston

      I think the answers to all of these questions is no. I am saddened by the last one, as I am a Cubs fan myself.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • Reggie

      IF you hit rewind!

      February 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
  48. Linda

    Please hit the middle east and then the white house. Thank you.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Oy!

      Then the NRA HQ, then the IRS, then.....

      February 15, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  49. kmentt

    It has passed already you bunch os sleepers
    Its all in the news.
    That meteor that fall in Russia is part of the debris flying close to this asteriod.
    So astronomers who said there was no chance it would hit earth were wrong. A small part of it fell in the Urals this morning

    February 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Bill K

      Except that it was travelling in the opposite direction, and not of enough mass to hold smaller pieces in it's orbit.
      No cookie for you.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  50. Chuck

    For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  51. Lucky Duck

    "2:24 p.m. Paul Chodus is back. He says the orbit will shrink a little. It could make a close approach again in the year 2046. We can predict its path through most of the 21st century, he says."

    Really? You can tell what effects all the other rocks, planets and suns are going to have on this rock over the next 87 years? I really doubt it and plan to be here to prove it.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
    • learn to research

      Edmond Halley would disagree

      February 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  52. HAKLI

    "Or do you feel secure that He who [holds authority] in the heaven would not send against you a storm of stones? Then you would know how [severe] was My warning." (The Wise Qur'an, Chapter "The Sovereignty", Ayat (Sign) #17)

    February 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Bobbo


      February 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  53. scubaguy

    Looks like meteors can hit us anytime without anybody having any advance knowlege in Russia 🙁

    February 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Snow

      I think that is true only in the case of small meteorites... those that are only a few meters wide.. if it is big enough to cause an impact damage, we would be able to see it.. as with da14.. its only 50meters wide and we were able to track it for the last few weeks..

      February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • scubaguy

        ...yes, however, looks like even a small (few ton) meteor can do a lots of damage

        February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  54. infonomics

    Dear ET's: here is the info you requested:

    San Francisco 37.7750° N, 122.4183° W

    February 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  55. GonzoinHouston

    This is your only warning! I kept my asteroid from striking your miserable planet this time, but I want $20 gazillion and good seats for the next Super Bowl or I'll drop it on London! And your foolish Mr Bond is trapped in a cage over a pit Boone's Farm wine and will soon suffer a disgraceful ending! BWAAA-HAA-HAAAAAA!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  56. caesarbc

    The Mayan's were extremely close...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Not Really

      Well, not exactly... Even if they were right and the asteroid did hit earth, by the size estimates its maximum damage would encompass a city's destruction. A far cry from the total planetary destruction/doom (purportedly) predicted by the Mayan calendar's end.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • Bobbo

        There was no doomsday event predicted according to the Maya, just a new age.

        February 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • Eric

      ??? fool!

      February 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  57. joe

    NASA TV...Please note...when you have a live event people want to SEE the live event not people TALKING about the live event...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
  58. Eric

    must have to do with global warming-HAHAHAHA

    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Bobbo

      This has nothing to do with climate change.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
  59. DD

    No broken satellites.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  60. caesarbc

    The Mayan's were extremely close.....

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Tracy

      Close? Nothing happened. What do you mean exactly?

      February 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  61. Dadgummit

    CNN... Unbelievable. I just spent hours waiting for this event on your station. Why would you cut away from this live event to talk about a murder and air commercials? Your program director is an idiot.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Bill K

      Idiot? LOL! Pot, meet kettle.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
  62. DejaVuX2

    Did anyone even see anything on the NASA live sream? I didn't.... I was watching from 2:00 until now, and haven't seen a thing change on the screen.....

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  63. Lucky Duck

    You missed me, you missed me, now you gotta kiss me! >SPLAT<

    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  64. lesawithaw

    If they could see this one. How come they didn't see the one in Russia this morning?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
    • Max


      February 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
  65. ONLY WAY

    Before it is too late,
    Repent, the kingdom of God is near!!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  66. anon

    Asteroid came, asteroid saw and the asteroid went with the promise of coming back again.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
  67. Phil

    Someone at CNN please ask, will passing close by one of our satellites throw it out of its own orbit?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
  68. The Bodacious

    This is a hoax.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  69. Frank

    Maybe if the rocket scientists at Nasa would spend less time getting arrested in DC and swapping spit with Daryl Hannah, they would know when this space junk is coming down and provide some type of warning!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
  70. Reasonably


    February 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  71. Fur ball

    OWWW, that burned, but I caught it in my old catchers mit. Anyone want to see it?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  72. Pepito

    Not to worry, North Korea has everyone covered.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  73. Greenspam

    If it won't hit Earth, how come President Obama has left WH and been escorted to a secret location?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  74. wyominguys

    Can we put Obama and Biden on and fly them away???????

    February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
    • pointless1

      Stick to raising cattle, political jokes aren't your strong suit in the least.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
    • Donna

      can we put you on it

      February 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • lol

      Sure...and can we include you everyone from your welfare state as well?

      February 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  75. MotherRussia

    I don't think those 1000+ people in Rusiia are looking forward to another astroid passing close by...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  76. BenAffleck

    "I don't wanna close my eyes....I don't wanna fall asleep, cuz I'd miss you baby, and I don't wanna miss a thiiiing!"

    February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  77. howardthegrey

    the impact crator is causing all the earth her to open up...many people and some small household animals are falling in! The trees are all on fire and the smoke is blinding! And walmart says they will stay open.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  78. Fast Fred

    What was that.....

    February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  79. Tim

    Will i be able to see if in New york?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  80. howardthegrey

    help us I am burning alive here...the whole town is gone!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  81. cradzi

    This is so cool ...lets hope funding is approved for the proposed telescope to identify these near Earth ones

    February 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  82. Double Pulsars

    So, when is Captain Kirk and Spock going to go inside the obelisk and fire the tractor beam?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • The Bodacious

      Oh, Spock gave Kirk the Obelisk all right

      February 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
  83. Jacob

    Is it possible that the asteroid has smaller bodies orbiting around it? therefor explaining why the meteor over Russia came in from a different direction?

    February 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • The Bodacious

      Is that you Mr. Jingleheimerchmidt?

      February 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  84. kitty

    no one can predict what god is capable of doing.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • The Bodacious


      February 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Pred

      Kitty you apparently didn't pray enough.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
    • IslGypsy

      Why do people have to bring a God into this? No God did this, and Asteroid just so happen to pass by.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
  85. kitty

    everyone better start praying to God because noone truly knows how big this thing is. So start praying and repenting and then get ready to kiss the world as we know it good bye

    February 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • The Bodacious


      February 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Pred

      @kitty give me all your belongings and I will guarantee you a safe passage to heaven on a spaceship

      February 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • howardthegrey

      Oh my god it just hit here!! there are bodies everywhere and the trees are all on fire...I can barly breath with all the smoke.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Over it

      Drama queen

      February 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • SeanP

      Such drivel, grow up and quit believing in fairy tales.

      February 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  86. Gary

    Yes, it IS exciting! I still feel bad for those who were injured in Russia today. How horrifying! WHY didn't anyone predict that one?!???

    February 15, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Tracy

      Yes, why? I mean I can not think of one logical reason that no one predicited that meteor hitting Russia.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  87. Armageddon

    I hope Bruce Willis is on stand-by anyway...

    February 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  88. Patriot

    Gone with the Asteroid.

    February 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  89. AreWeThereYet?

    Everyone duck!

    February 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
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