Asteroid 2012DA14 live flying at a record close distance to the Earth. Scientists have debated whether it is related with the Chelyabinsk fireball
Everyone's attention on Saturday night, Moscow time focused on broadcast online NASA. In fact, live earthlings showed a record closer to Earth asteroid with a diameter of 45 meters.
This event occurred at 14:25 on the East Coast of the U.S. (23:25 GMT). NASA's aired footage of Australian Observatory. They looked like an asteroid line and not the point — the subtleties of exposure.
2012DA14 asteroid flying near the Earth, approaching it at a record close distance — 27,700 kilometers, reported to NASA.
It turns out that the Chelyabinsk car — unheard of in the modern history of the event — an asteroid made a great public relations campaign: Interested asteroid was much more significant event Chelyabinsk stoked interest. Scientists have not yet agreed whether these two celestial bodies between themselves.
Meteorite that fell in the Chelyabinsk region, could accompany the approaching asteroid to Earth, according to the head of St. Petersburg Observatory Planetarium Maxim Hovrichev. "Perhaps the asteroid DA14 is a" suite ". And Chelyabinsk body just accompanied him. In this way we are doing now is just — we find out whether the asteroid more like fellow travelers "- was quoted as" Interfax ".
According to the scientist, St. Petersburg could see the asteroid 2012DA14 on Friday around midnight. "It will be weaker than the faintest stars, so I advise to arm themselves with binoculars," — said the scientist.
With experts disagree NASA. "Scientists have confirmed that the" Russian "meteorite has nothing to do with the asteroid 2012DA14 — they have very different routes. DA14 today fly past us, "- preceded the appearance of the body agency in his microblog on Twitter.
Earlier, a similar statement about the meteor and asteroid that will fly on Friday at about 27.7 thousand kilometers from the Earth's surface, the European Space Agency (ESA), reports RIA "Novosti".
As reported by the management, scientists and experts will comment on pictures of the asteroid, which will be received "in real time" with the Astronomical Observatory in Australia, and the telescope's Marshall Space Center in Huntsville (Alabama).
Inviting everyone to follow along with professional astronomers for the event, NASA reminded that the asteroid poses no threat or the planet itself, the satellite in its orbit, nor the International Space Station.
The trajectory of the asteroid passes within its lowest point in a geosynchronous orbit, which traded above the Earth at an altitude of 36,000 km. However, the chance of an asteroid collision with one of these satellites is negligible.
This asteroid orbits the Sun in 368 days, but its orbit is tilted relative to the Earth. He seems to be catching up with the earth below, and then goes above the plane of our heliocentric orbit, says Russian service of BBC. 2012DA14 asteroid was first seen in February of last year, astronomers La Sagra Observatory in Spain, collaborating with NASA project for the detection of near-Earth objects that could pose a threat to the inhabitants of the earth.
Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer from Queens University in Belfast, said that rendezvous with the asteroid 2012DA14 is a boon for scientists. "When asteroids approach the planet at such a close distance, they are very convenient for the study. We can learn a lot about their composition, the nature of the movement and even the history of their education, "- said the astronomer.
Ironically, it is such a relatively small-sized heavenly bodies represent the greatest threat to the Earth. They are very much in the solar system, many of them are moving at tremendous speeds relative to the Earth and in the event of a collision may produce large amounts of kinetic energy, with disastrous consequences. Fortunately, it's safe to say that the current date and the heavenly visitor will end for humanity quite well.
In Moscow, an asteroid can be considered a telescope or powerful binoculars
130 tons at a speed of eight kilometers per second, close to the Earth at 23:25 Moscow time. Heavenly body skirted the planet from north to south, first passed through the constellation Draco, then turned away in the constellation Ursa Major. Historical moment and getting ready to watch in Moscow, the TV channel "Russia 24".
Passage of the asteroid in Moscow best was to be seen closer to midnight. See the phenomenon could be a large binoculars or a small amateur telescopes. But the main condition — it's overcast and a minimum illumination of the city.
Amateur astronomers were quick to leave for the city. The brightness of the asteroid to change its start, when it turns in the northern sky, which is about a four in the morning. If this cosmic body fell to Earth, the explosion was a thousand times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
Despite the fact that scientists are absolutely assured that the world is not in danger, the news has broken busy tour schedule and the Moscow Planetarium. On the staff in a flurry of questions. Most interested in, whether such dangerous proximity to repeat again.
This asteroid will come back almost half a century, only fly significantly further — in millions of kilometers. We earthlings still have stock, the researchers calculated that the crash associated with falling asteroids on the planet's surface occur, on average, once every 1200 years.
Witness the fall of large meteorites over the years and became residents of the capital region. Almost exactly 28 years ago — Feb. 14, 1985 — Klin, Istria and Dubna watched the flight of large fireball, and then there was an explosion. The meteorite, called Klin fireballs are likely to fall in the Tver region.
In 1954, the village Nikolsky Solnechnogorsky district stony meteorite fell. Hope Collective Farm Swallow and police Vasily Kotov then to find out and collected six kilograms of the fragments, for which he received a prize from the Academy of Sciences of 500 rubles each, which in those years exceeded the monthly salary of a worker.