February 05, 2013, 11:19 AM — 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).
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.
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