That very day Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed earth without harm… News then broke out that there was a second meteorite that hit Cuba two hours prior to the Russian meteorite incident. Which left me thinking… is this just a coincidence or did these two meteors originate from Asteroid 2012 DA14? Did Asteroid 2012 DA14 perhaps survive massive impact with something else maybe, 2000, 300 000 or 2 billion years ago and the meteorites that crashed into earth were fragments that traveled alongside Asteroid 2012 DA14 for several light years?
Nope. NASA spoiled the fun and announced that the meteorites weren’t related to Asteroid 2013 DA14 at all.
But let’s take a closer look at Asteroid 2012 DA14 anyway…
It skipped right past our humble moon and nearly missed our satellites too! And here’s the shocker. It’s in an orbit, which means that it’s coming back for us! This very big ass Asteroid’s next near-miss approach is estimated to be in 15 February 2046! There is a big possibility that it may eventually hit Earth a 121 years from now provided that it hasn’t crossed any paths with nearby unknown black holes. Regardless of whether or not this asteroid will come straight for us, we’ll all be dead in 121 years from now anyway right? … So we got nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Our children and grandchildren might still be alive. What about the children!?
We will most probably have technology advanced enough to vaporize anything that comes within a 100 000 km from Earth. But don’t forget that in a mere 33 years from now, it will still make another close pass by Earth. If astronomers happen to have miscalculated distances and velocities, then we could even be doomed by the 21st of Dec 2045 which will confirm the Mayan calendar‘s accuracy by 0.1% and my prediction by 100%!
SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF IT EVER HITS US?
Well, assuming that Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads straight for us on the day of its next “near-miss prediction”, DA14 will probably smash into and destroy an entire city or plonk into the ocean and create tsunamis big enough to destroy a city.