Next week's close encounter will be closest ever observed by NASA

By Seth Cline
January 31, 2013
An asteroid half the size of a football field could whiz by Earth closer than some satellites next week, according to NASA.

Since scientists began taking sky surveys in the 1990s, none of the nearly 10,000 near-Earth objects discovered have come closer than next week's asteroid, named 2012 DA14, according to NASA's Near Earth Object Program.

Don Yeomans, who heads the Near Earth Object Program, told that this asteroid definitely won't hit Earth, but will come "extremely close."
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