NASA says Feb. 15 asteroid won't hit Earth; creates animation showing how close it will get

Everybody remain calm! At least until after you watch the video


NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has posted another video detailing the approach of the 2012 DA14 asteroid on Feb. 15, once again reminding everyone that it won't hit the Earth.

However, it also produced a really cool animation detailing how close the asteroid will get - 17,200 miles from the Earth's surface to be exact - which is actually closer than some of the Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) that we have out there. NASA also says the asteroid won't hit any of the satellites, but I still wouldn't plan on a long journey on Feb. 15 (lest you get directed into a lake).

[Good news! The odds are slim that you'll be killed by an asteroid or comet and NASA wants to capture an asteroid in a bag and put it in orbit around the moon. Really, a bag.]

Listen, I'm trusting NASA here that everything will be OK, but it's rather amusing to have scientists say "Hey! Everything's fine!" and then produce an animation that freaks everyone out.

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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