Asteroid to Miss Earth by 15 Minutes on Feb. 15

Bill Nye, a.k.a. "The Science Guy," explains the effect and impact it could have on Earth.

On Friday, Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass within 17,200 miles -- or 15 minutes -- of Earth, according to scientist Bill Nye.

While the asteroid, which Nye said is comparable in size to the one responsible for the 1908 Tunguska event, is expected to pass harmlessly by, Nye said it is a very close shave relatively speaking.

"This one will miss us by about 15 minutes," Nye explained. "Fifteen minutes difference and that's it."

If it were not for those 15 minutes, life for millions of people could end.

"If such a meteor were to hit Atlanta or New York City or Boston, that would be it for those municipalities," Nye said. As much as 1,200 square miles would be destroyed, Nye added.

According to Nye, there are approximately 100,000 "Earth-crossing" asteroids and, for the first time in human history, the possibility exists that something could be done should one threaten Earth.

"It is something that we as humans all over the world ought to get involved in," he said.

Are you worried about an asteroid striking Earth in your lifetime? Scroll down to comment.


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ASS STEROID February 12, 2013 at 07:07 PM
lyndon chappell February 12, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I am much more concerned that Americans are getting their news from people who think asteroids are caused by global warming.(CNN )
Mike February 12, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I think we have to place an asteroid watching satellite above solar system plane dedicated to monitor all Earth threatening asteroid traffic. This could be a cooperative project financed among many nations.
Scott Yeager February 13, 2013 at 12:56 AM
It's only a matter of time until we as a species will have to figure out how to take one out that is on a collision course with Earth. If that 1908 asteroid had hit a populated area rather than Siberia...
Veronica February 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I am concerned that there is someone much more concerned about that than an asteroid on a near-collision course with Earth.


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