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On the night of February 15th we will have a very near miss from an NEO (Near Earth Asteroid). It is going to pass so close to us that it will pass inside the orbits of our own geostationary satellites.

Named as Asteroid 2012 DA14, it is c. 50 meters in diameter. It is due to pass around 21,000 miles from the centre of the Earth, or about 17,000 miles above the surface. Experts are sure that there is no risk of a collision, but if an object of this size did hit Earth, you could only imagine what the damage would be like - think about the 'small' objects that hit before the big one in the movie Deep Impact. Asteroid 2012 DA14's speed will be 7.8km/sec.

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