Asteroid to Miss Earth by 15 Minutes on Feb. 15

Bill Nye, a.k.a. "The Science Guy," explains the affect and impact could have on Earth.

On Friday, Feb. 15, asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass within 17,200 miles -- or 15 minutes -- of Earth, according to scientist Bill Nye.

While the asteroid, which Nye said is comparable in size to the one responsible for the 1908 Tunguska event, is expected to pass harmlessly by, Nye said it is a very close shave relatively speaking.

"This one will miss us by about 15 minutes," Nye explained. "Fifteen minutes difference and that's it."

If it were not for those 15 minutes, life for millions of people could end.

"If such a meteor were to hit Atlanta or New York City or Boston, that would be it for those municipalities," Nye said. As much as 1,200 square miles would be destroyed, Nye added.

According to Nye, there are approximately 100,000 "Earth-crossing" asteroids and, for the first time in human history, the possibility exists that something could be done should one threaten Earth.

"It is something that we as humans all over the world ought to get involved in," he said.

To plan for a natural disaster, visit the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services

Are you worried about an asteroid striking Earth in your lifetime? Scroll down to comment.

Ben There February 13, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Bill's eyebrows pose a greater threat to mankind.
Tom Ricks February 13, 2013 at 03:47 PM
If it hit the tenderloin district,,,would that be considered "urban renewal"???????
thomas george February 16, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Look out man has say god is first
Aaron February 16, 2013 at 04:41 PM
if an asteroid of that size hit the tenderloin, most of the city would evaporate. Foster City would be underwater for some time, and most of the people on the peninsula would have to replace some windows. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap070623.html that crater is a mile in diameter and hit with the power of a 20 megaton nuclear blast.
Aaron February 16, 2013 at 04:44 PM
I don't understand your comment.


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