2013 Asteroid 2012 DA14 Flyby: Where to Watch Online on February 15

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | February 14, 2013 4:40 PM EST

The 2013 Asteroid 2012 DA14 flyby is fast approaching and the curious viewers can witness the asteroid's near-Earth passage through a live online webcast. The Bareket Observatory in Israel offers the live online webcast of the asteroid's flyby on February 15 with the use of a remote telescope.

The 2012 DA14 asteroid flyby can be watched online with this web site ink: http://www.bareket-astro.com/live-astronomical-web-cast/asteroid-2012-da14-flyby-webcast.html. The live online feed will take place on Friday at 19:30 UTC for approximately 1.5 hours and the web site will automatically lead the viewers to the asteroid coverage during the near-Earth flyby.

The Bareket Observatory web site requests the online viewers to have patience with their live feed on the asteroid flyby. "Since the data load from the incoming images is so extent, our system limits itself to refreshing about every 30 to 60 seconds. This means the image will appear static then reset itself automatically. There can also be unforeseen glitches such as viewer overload so please be patient," the web site stated.

Astronomers revealed that Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass this Friday at 2:24 p.m. ET or 11:24 a.m. PT within 17,200 miles (27,000km) of planet Earth. The asteroid's approach is so close that it will cross the course of communication satellites rotating around the planet at a distance of 22,000 miles (35,400km).

Asteroid 2012 DA14 may be heading towards planet Earth at a speed of five miles a second but NASA officials confirmed the asteroid's close approach to Earth is not a threat and no collision will take place. Instead, the asteroid flyby even offered the researchers an exclusive chance to examine the 150 feet (45 meters across) space rock closely.

Another option to watch the 2013 Asteroid 2012 DA14 near-Earth flyby is to have a clear sky or view and a pair of binoculars or small but powered telescopes. NASA officials confirmed that the best locations to observe the asteroid flyby on February 15 will be from Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.

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