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Asteroid 2012 DA14

Asteroid 2012 DA14, apparently not connected to the meteor that entered Earth's atmosphere last night above Russia, is now about to cross the geostationary ring.

According to NASA, the trajectory of the Russian meteor was significantly different than the trajectory of the approaching asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object.

Videos of the meteor show it traveling from north to south. Asteroid 2012 DA14's trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north.

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2012 DA14 as seen from Gingin Observatory

A view of the asteroid known as 2012 DA14 as seen from the Gingin Observatory in Australia this morning at 11:08 a.m. PT.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Screenshot/Gingin Observatory
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Asteroid 2012 DA14

Asteroid 2012 DA14 seen at 11:29 a.m. PT, just after it made its closest pass to Earth.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Screenshot/Gingin Observatory
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A view of last night's Russian meteor

A view of last night's Russian meteor as it enters Earth's atmosphere. NASA says the event last night is unrelated to today's pass of 2012 DA14.

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Google Maps overlay of the Russian meteor

Meteosat-10 image of meteoroid trail aligned with Kazakhstan border in Google Maps.

Updated:Caption:Photo:Paolo Attivissimo
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