Live Tracking Asteroid D14 As It Misses The Earth By 17,500 Miles At 2:25pm Eastern

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Update: it missed.

It is only fitting that in the aftermath of the earlier meteor explosion above the Russian Urals, that the world's attention next shifts to yet another historic celestial event, this time of near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14, which will make a historic flyby of the planet, missing Earth by some 17,500 miles. According to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Labs, the asteroid, which is 150 feet in size, an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years. Of course, the neo Keynesian among us would wish the latter number was much smaller: just think of the untapped GDP potential that would result from the epic destruction. And while a direct impact would not lead to any mass extinctions as was the case 65 million years ago, when the earth was hit by a meteor 6 miles across, this rock could still do immense damage if it struck given its 143,000-ton heft, releasing 2.4 megatons of energy and wiping out 750 square miles. The closest approach will take place at 2:25 pm Eastern, and NASA will be covering the event live below.

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NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.

The half-hour broadcast from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will incorporate real-time animation to show the location of the asteroid in relation to Earth, along with live or near real-time views of the asteroid from observatories in Australia, weather permitting.

At the time of its closest approach to Earth at approximately 2:25 p.m. EST (11:25 a.m. PST/ 19:25 UTC), the asteroid will be about 17,150 miles (27,600 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

In addition to the commentary, near real-time imagery of the asteroid's flyby before and after closest approach, made available to NASA by astronomers in Australia and Europe, weather permitting, will be streamed beginning at about noon EST (9 a.m. PST) and continuing through the afternoon at the following website:

A Ustream feed of the flyby from a telescope at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be streamed for three hours starting at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST). To view the feed and ask researchers questions about the flyby via Twitter, visit:

The NASA Near Earth Objects (NEO) Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington, manages and funds the search, study, and monitoring of NEOs, or asteroids and comets, whose orbits periodically bring them close to the Earth. NASA's study of NEOs provides important clues to understanding the origin of our solar system. The objects also are a repository of natural resources and could become waystations for future exploration. In collaboration with other external organizations, one of the program's key goals is to search and hopefully mitigate potential NEO impacts on Earth. JPL conducts the NEO program's technical and scientific activities.

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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:04 | 3247206 thismarketisrigged
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asteroid is going to miss us? thats great news, that should be good for 200 dow pts and 50 s&p pts.



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:05 | 3247209 redpill
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Can we just duct tape our central bankers to it as it goes by?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247214 King_of_simpletons
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. (Place holder for future comment)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247217 redpill
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Too late <3

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:08 | 3247221 King_of_simpletons
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Darn !

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247229 hedgeless_horseman
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It is not an attack.  It is a pick up. 

After destroying the capital markets, Barney Frank has transmogrified back into his brain bug form and is going to hitch a ride home to Klendathu!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:34 | 3247242 redpill
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I'm really hoping that's not what I think it is.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:37 | 3247372 fuu
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"Update: it missed."


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:42 | 3247404 TerminalDebt
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OMFG somebody delete that brainbug picture please, I'll nevr be the same again.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:08 | 3247495 SilverIsKing
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Just use your imagination and make believe you see some whipped cream on it.  Much better, huh?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:37 | 3247632 James_Cole
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I've looked at that picture for far too long and still can't figure out exactly what it is, is it just a photoshop masterpiece or really a human being? 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:43 | 3247650 The Juggernaut
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Special Report Live:


A human was sighted on D14.  The person is described as a man in a suit with a beard.  Also he was seen from the telescope throwing dollars from his money sack across the universe.  If you listen closely the man was yelling, "FUCK helicopters!  I have me a fucking comet!  Wealth for all!"

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:41 | 3248311 TwoShortPlanks
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Nature fires a warning shot across our bow and what, nobody even flinches.

We're doomed!

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 00:08 | 3248753 Spirit Of Truth
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The Russian Meteorite and the Wormwood Connection:

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 04:27 | 3249002 A Nanny Moose
Sat, 02/16/2013 - 01:59 | 3248901 xtop23
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Exactly. Now back to our regularly scheduled demolition of sovereign nations in the name of democracy.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 16:54 | 3247382 francis_sawyer
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You're all living right now because francis_sawyer pushed


Pause the game and press Up, Down, Left, Right, Circle, Square, X, Triangle.

[which gave you EXTRA LIFE]...

You don't have to thank me... My gift to you...


Edit: @fuu [above]... LOL :-)... It's taken francis_sawyer awhileto appreciate your sly comedy...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:28 | 3247964 fuu
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Everything else that misses is bullish.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:09 | 3248072 francis_sawyer
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It's ALL bullish fuu... [I learned that from u]... By consequence ~ I have achieved TOTAL CONSCIOUSNESS,,, & I have you to thank for that...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:18 | 3248097 fuu
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wtf have I done?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:19 | 3247275 Teamtc321
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Horseman, does Barney Frank and the word Brain belong in the same sentence? Just sayin', that is the nastiest picture I have ever seen. I have to go take a shower now lol. 

Good grief.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:20 | 3247284 edifice
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:21 | 3247289 fuu
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Becky put your mask back on.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:25 | 3247299 CPL
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Throw flour on it and aim for the wet spot.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3247337 BLOTTO
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If Jabba the Hut and a Gamorrean Guard had a kid - it would like that.



Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:43 | 3248169 CPL
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Roll that kid around with a stick.

Sat, 02/16/2013 - 13:24 | 3249561 fletcherhigh
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CPL you reside in Canada and are working in the engineering sector correct? 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:27 | 3247309 johnconnor
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that's no regular brainbug... that's Behemecoatyl, oh brain of brains!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:44 | 3247312 CaptainSpaulding
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Ummm, Whiteshadowmovement.. Hedgeless horseman sees your man fucking a turkey and raises you a huge ass with teeth. 

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247322 Yes_Questions
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Is there a cream for this?


Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:43 | 3247403 hedgeless_horseman
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Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:48 | 3247424 Yes_Questions
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Its like the hamburger helper hand took on crack - meth  and became a Mentat.


It is by will alone...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:38 | 3248153 CPL
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...It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.


God damn it, Herbert was a fine writer.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:41 | 3247398 Shell Game
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Decapitated banksters?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:56 | 3247448 Hulk
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No amount of your dinner plate photos can make up for this...

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:40 | 3248159 Hulk
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That works!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:48 | 3248331 Angus McHugepenis
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"Those aren't pillows"!

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:06 | 3247735 klinkerphish
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Thats Napolitano's ass right?

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 18:32 | 3247990 Angus McHugepenis
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Sorry, I left my webcam running while doing crunches.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247241 Divided States ...
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Too fuckin late, I think the Earth has already been financially decimated by the asteroid Qe1234, sent from the planet B3rnank.

(in reference to the bug planet Klendathu in Starship Troopers)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:15 | 3247250 Divided States ...
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hh, Couldnt believe after I posted my message, we had the same idea. That Brain bug surely reminds me of the Bernank.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247283 Manthong
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And dear Jesus, if you just deign to let it hit  at N W, I promise to never watch another porno flick as long as I live

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:07 | 3247216 flacon
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Can somebody please hit the stock market with an asteroid?!

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247222 TruthInSunshine
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I want to be careful and preface this as hearsay, but there is a rumor that Krugman has built a shrine to Asteroid D14 in his Princeton office, complete with candles, incense, pagan throw rugs & sculptures of Shiva, destroyer of all worlds, that he's given his students the day off, and that he is "holed up" in his locked office, on bended knee, in a hallucinogenic-induced stupor (psilocybin fungi), praying for a highly stimulative event.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:11 | 3247230 Freddie
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Krugman is praying for a "highly stimulative event?"

Most likely QE 6 and 7.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:12 | 3247232 redpill
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...and with plenty of lube

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:13 | 3247237 TruthInSunshine
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I meant Siva and not Shiva, above.

Sorry, Siva. Sorry everyone.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 15:30 | 3247330 TruthInSunshine
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It missed?

That must be why FIRE/EMS are on scene trying to extricate Krugman from his office that he's torched.

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 19:00 | 3248049 ersatzteil
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What a guy! Think of all the growth Krugman has spurred as his office is remodeled. Thousands of man hours of skilled laborers and carpenters; the purchase of office furniture; importing Brazilian mahogany produced by poor laborers in the Amazon; the shipping and freight costs involved...

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