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What’s In The Sky? Astronomers Say There Is No Danger When An Asteroid Cruises Near Earth But Locals Are Reporting Other Strange Things In The Sky

W5 Star Formation Region by NASA

Astronomers are saying that there is no danger when an asteroid crosses Earth’s orbit today.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “small near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass very close to Earth…so close that it will pass inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. There is no chance it might collide with Earth.”

Nonetheless, NASA will be broadcasting the fly-by live beginning at 2:00pm Eastern Time today, Friday Feburary 15, 2013.  You can see the UStream video live at: http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2.

Today’s “fly-by” comes on the heels of a meteor shower over Russia overnight.  The Russian Interior Ministry says as many as one thousand people were injured, some critically.  The Russian Academy of Science says the meteorite in question may have weighed about ten tons and was traveling more than 33,000 miles per hour, shattering 18 to 32 miles above or planet before it entered Earth’s atmosphere.  Click here for photos from Russia.

Have you seen something strange in the sky?  Send us your photos at: news@WIBX950.com.  Submission of your photos indicates that you have ownership of the photo and / or permission to submit.

Bill Keeler captured this in August 2012:

 

 

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