Did you know today, February 15th, that asteroid DA14 make a close pass of the earth?  It will be the closest known approach by such a large near earth asteroid.  DA14 is about 150 wide or about half the size of a football field.  At it's closest it will be 17,200 miles from Earth's surface on Friday at 2:24 p.m. EST.  That puts it closer to earth than our own satellites!  No fear though, the statisticians at NASA have determined it has no chance of actually hitting the planet now, or far into the future.

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Image Courtesy of Space.com

You can often see satellites in the night sky, so will you be able to see this asteroid?  Yes! NASA will even be live-streaming video of the asteroid. So even if it's cloudy, or you are stuck indoors you will still be able to take part in this once in a life time event.  The NASA live-stream will happen from 6pm to 9pm EST.

Space.com will also be keeping you up to date on the asteroid's progress.  They will also be having complete coverage of the space rock's epic pass here.  If you'd like even more in depth information about the asteroid DA14 check out Space.com's FAQ.

Will you be watching the skys for DA14? Feeling a little nervous about it? Tell us about it in the comments, we'd love to hear from you!