You may have heard about the crazy meteor that shattered windows with its sonic boom this morning. Well, there’s an asteroid passing over now and NASA is livestreaming its progress.
The asteroid known as 2012 DA14 is set to fly very close to Earth at 17,200 miles above us today. Experts say the asteroid will not actually hit earth, but is one of the first asteroids this big to ever come this close to our planet’s surface. It is a full 150 feet wide, about the size of a football field, as NASA notes.
The asteroid is set to fly over at its closest at 2:24pm Eastern time.
Its arrival, however, was overshadowed this morning when a meteor flew through Earth’s atmosphere, breaking the sound barrier, and causing a lot of commotion in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. It created a massive sonic boom that sent glass from windows flying and set off car alarms. Reuters is reporting that more than 500 people sought medical help due to the glass.
The two space rocks, however, seem to be unconnected, however. As Slate notes, DA14 is coming from south to north, where the Russian meteor came from another direction, many hours before DA14 is expected to hit. This likely means the two aren’t related, though the difference in these two events has not be confirmed.
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