Oregon Astronomy Watch: Record-Setting Asteroid Flyby Next Week
(Manzanita, Oregon) – Unfortunately, this rather ominous but impressive near-miss of an asteroid passing very close to the Earth will be missed by those in Oregon, its coast and indeed those in California, Washington and western Canada. Still, it's a record-setting flyby of this 165-foot-wide chunk of space debris that will be sure to wow those watching the live video feed (http://events.slooh.com/).
Jim Todd, planetarium manager of Portland's OMSI, said the asteroid designated as 2012 DA14 will zoom past Earth at a close 17,200 miles on February 15.
“There is no danger of a collision,” Todd said. “Instead, this flyby presents a unique scientific opportunity for astronomers worldwide to observe the asteroid. The space rock is about 165 feet wide which is approximately the size of OMSI's submarine, the USS Blueback. At the time of the flyby, the asteroid will be traveling at 17,450 miles per hour; in other words, 4.8 miles per second relative to Earth.”
Todd said this is the closest predicted flyby of any large object so far, since NASA started tracking such objects in the 90's.
Parts of Europe, Africa and Asia will get to see the flyby, but here in Oregon and the Oregon coast, we're stuck with the video feed because it will be too low on the horizon and it will be daytime when it swings past our planet's skies.
Even in those areas, you'd need a good telescope or a great pair of binoculars.
“DA14 is very small, and its apparent magnitude to peak at about only 7.4, too dim to be viewed by the naked eye,” Todd said.
A press release from NASA details other facts about 2012 DA14, including that it will pass so close that will meander inside the ring of geosynchronous weather and communications satellites. NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately pinpoint the asteroid's path, and the space agency stresses it is not on a collision course with Earth.
For more information about 2012 DA14 and other asteroids of interest, visit NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program web site: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov and VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwidzVHvbGI.
More about Oregon Coast Science or keep scrolling below:
Cape Foulweather at night, near Depoe Bay
Yachats at night
More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST OREGON COAST NEWS STORIES
Oregon Coast Summer Science Workshop in July; Science Diversity Seminar Soon
The big summer science workshop that covers a wide range of beach-oriented subjects. Newport events, Depoe Bay events
Remarkable Oregon Coast Curiosity Coming Soon: the Water Jelly
An odd little jellyfish called the water jelly (also known as the crystal jelly). Science
Seaside Museum Open House, Ocean Science Talk on N. Oregon Coast
An open house and dedication ceremony and a presentation that lets you - literally - go deep inside the ocean. Seaside events
International Migratory Bird Day Celebrated on Central Oregon Coast
On Saturday, May 14, much of one central Oregon coast town will be reveling in the celebrations of International Migratory Bird Day. Newport events. Hatfield Marine Science Center
Four Frightening Stories of Fire, Volcanoes from Oregon Coast
The really wild stuff happened millions of years ago and comprises much of the coastal landscape today. Geology, science
The Staggering Beauty of an 'Ocean Burp' on Oregon Coast
Gobs of stuff from the ocean washed up, creating a large patchwork of dark areas and little treasures. Science, kids
Rare Dolphin Stranding Near Oregon Coast: Seen Once in Two Decades
The five-foot-long dolphin was found stranded in Seaview, Washington. Seaside Aquarium, science
Seaside, Oregon Coast Revelations: Ten Fun Facts You Did Not Know
Ancient ruin-like structures, odd objects, serious secrets about the beach, wild elements of nature, surprising science and some unique history
Marine Science Day This Weekend at Central Oregon Coast's Hatfield
Hatfield Marine Science Center opens its doors to a behind-the-scenes look at its inner workings this Saturday, April 9. Newport events
Oregon Coast Spring Break Top Ten: the Good, the Rad and the Unbelievable
Unusually photogenic clouds, things that glow, wild nature, kids attractions and even the wackier bar scene for grownups. Travel, kids, science, weather
Upside Down Forest Hits Oregon Coast Beaches; Whales, Tide Pools
Whales, lots of whales, tide pool discoveries and lots of interesting critters washing up on the beaches, kids, science, weather
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted