POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 9:11am
Hidalgo County (NEWS CENTER 23) — It's a massive space rock nearly half the size of a football field that'll be hurtling towards the Earth.
Dr. Hyun-chul Lee is a UTPA Astronomer and he says,
"Some asteroid is coming very close to the Earth, but it will not collide with the earth."
The asteroid is know as 2012 DA14 and it will pass just 17,200 miles above the Earth and will travel about five miles per second.
Dr.Hyun-chul Lee also said, "Just 17,200 miles but still far enough from the Earth that it will not have any impact."
DA-14 was first discovered by amateur astronomers last February in Spain and since then NASA has been plotting its path and of course is acknowledging it won't have an impact.
Meanwhile as images around the world are capturing this massive object, here locally we decided to have some fun with this and asked folks on UTPA campus: The last thing they would do if it hit the earth? And we got some interesting answers!
Here's what some students and staff said, "I'd have my chick-fil-a." "I should say I wanna be with my husband...but gotta admit...I'd be riding my bike." "I would have to say kiss her."
However, thankfully that won't be the case and asteroid won't have an impact. And as this foreign object is making it's round, astronomers are taking advantage by watching and learning so that research can help scientists avoid impact in the future.
The asteroid came closest to the Earth around 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time and while most weren't able to view it with the naked eye, many were able to view it through an on-line feed from NASA.