It's Out Of Here: Asteroid Whizzes By

NPR | Feb. 15, 2013 12:46 p.m.

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Mark Memmott

An illustration of what asteroid 2012 DA 14 may look like as it approaches Earth.

An illustration of what asteroid 2012 DA 14 may look like as it approaches Earth.

EPA /LANDOV, NASA/JPL-CalTech

If you haven’t heard by now, then we’ve got some perhaps unsettling news:

There’s an asteroid the size of an office building headed toward — but, we’re told, not directly at — our planet.

Called 2012 DA14, it’s supposed to pass within about 17,000 miles of us at 2:24 p.m. ET and then start heading away.

NASA says it’s not going to hit us, and is streaming its webcast of this event. We’ll embed it in this post and get back to you, we trust, when the rock has passed by. If you’re in the U.S., by the way, don’t bother looking up. Daylight will obscure our view.

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