February 01, 2013, 2:01 PM — In its monthly update for astronomy fans on what to look to the skies for, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is discussing an asteroid that will fly by the Earth on Feb. 15, missing the planet by about 17,200 miles.
Of course, that's a pretty close distance in astronomical terms. But don't worry folks, just like the Mayan calendar ending the world, life will go on, and we're still going to hear lots of people hyping this up as an end-of-the-world event.
Here's another report specifically related to the asteroid:
Should we panic yet? Probably not, but I'm sure others will do that for me.
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