We made it! Asteroid safely passes earth

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 7:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- All eyes were on the skies Friday as an asteroid zipped by planet earth. The asteroid came less than a day after a meteor exploded over Russia, destroying hundreds of buildings and injuring more than 1,000 people.

At around 2:25 Friday afternoon a 150-foot asteroid flashed past the earth's surface and just like that, it was gone.

"It's going to miss the earth by 15 minutes and 17,000 miles. So that's the exciting thing you can watch this thing come by without any harm to anyone," Tim Dowling, U of L physics and astronomy professor said Friday.

NASA watched closely and they had reason to after a 10-ton meteor unexpectedly exploded over Russia. That meteor and this asteroid had nothing to do with one another. The asteroid's arrival was predicted last year by scientists.

The asteroid traveled south to north and was 17,000 miles from the earth. While it clearly missed us it was the closest an object this large has come to the earth.

So if you missed it, you may get another chance to see it when it circles the earth in the year 2080.

Louisville has seen the effects of a destructive meteorite in the past. On January 31, 1977meteorite weighing three pounds hit Louisville. Four pieces of it were recovered. Three buildings were damaged and one piece hit a car.
 

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