Asteroid 2012 DA14 Will Not Seek & Destroy Earth In February 2013

    March 5, 2012
    Drew Bowling
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In case you’re having a lovely Monday morning, here’s some news that will positively change that for you: an asteroid will smash into our planet in precisely eleven months and we earthlings no longer have enough time to prepare our defenses. The asteroid will simply incinerate everything and that’s just the way it will be.

Now. In case that totally put a damper on your lovely Monday morning, here’s some news that will swing that pendulum back up into good times: It’s not true! Earth isn’t going to get any nasty asteroid abuse next year so we’re all probably going to be okay.


This hit-not hit news comes by way of an article RT.com published over the weekend that suggested asteroid 2012 DA14 was on a collision course with earth. The article awkwardly suggests that there is “a possibility the asteroid will collide with Earth” but then explains that “more scrupulous calculation is required to estimate the threat of collision.” Regardless of whatever calculations may be required, simply throwing the words “asteroid,” “earth,” “destroy,” and “next year” into a Yahtzee cup and then spilling out some disaster-porn news is more than enough kindling to ignite the apocalyptic imaginations of the public. Who cares about facts when you’ve got Twitter, the observation lab of the world’s eminent armchair astronomers?

Legit? Hoax?Where my scientists at? RT @SalmonSnakeDoc Asteroid(2012 DA14) to impact Earth in 11 months?! February 2013 http://t.co/OFZ7jwsm 11 hours ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

NASA Confirms Asteroid 2012 DA14 Could Hit Earth Next February. – http://t.co/Uj1bR6Uw 27 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

We’re all gonna die!!!!eleventylll!!! http://t.co/IBSQOdQ4 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Earth face possible 60-meter asteroid in February 2013 and it is too late to do much about it: 2012 DA14 orbit d… http://t.co/CvjKrHON 1 day ago via twitterfeed ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Earthfiles: #NASA Confirms Asteroid 2012 DA14 Could Hit Earth Next February. http://t.co/MrkWEXzy 1 day ago via Ping.fm ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Asteroid 2012 DA14 heads for Earth next year – possible impact?: Scientists are predicting that … http://t.co/qds1NEbb #space #Science 1 day ago via twitterfeed ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Newly-Discovered Asteorid 2012 DA14 could hit Earth in February 2013: TAGS: Space,SciTech, Thrills&Spills To av… http://t.co/fXQCruMn 1 day ago via twitterfeed ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

However, Bruce Willis’ services will not be required (at least next year, that is) to avert our asteroid-born annihilation, so says Phil Plait, an astronomer who addressed RT’s disaster-mongering. So as to leave as little confusion as possible, here is what Plait wrote in regard to how likely we will be visited by DA14 next year:

Let’s be very clear: it will miss. In astronomical terms, 27,000 km is pretty close, but in real human terms it’s a clean miss.

While DA14 will come within 17,000 miles of Earth next year – which Plait describes as a “a close shave” as far as asteroid-passing-closeness goes – we’re not in any extraterrestrial danger of getting a serious backhand from the asteroid. Will this stop people from speculating on our impending doom in spite of all reliable evidence pointing towards our survival? Probably not.

So in order to satiate the unquenchable desires of people who really want to see what happens when asteroids batter the daylights out of Earth, through the use of anonymous sources we here at WebProNews gained exclusive access to video footage from the Great Asteroid Impact of 2013 that reveals the exact time and manner in which asteroids will attack Earth. Viewer discretion is advised:

And just in case anybody is still impossibly confused about this article: No. There is not going to be an asteroid hitting Earth next year. No DA14 asteroids, no next year, no armageddon. Okay?

UPDATE: If you haven’t seen it, go check out the video animation a savvy YouTube user put together depicting the near-hit of DA14 with our beloved Earth.

  • fish

    Drew, it’s time for a name change to Douche Boring.

  • barbicane

    As long as it lands on Michelle Bachmann’s house, no one will care.

  • kim

    so todays news I heard on am radio ktap phoenix was that russian scientists say there is a slight and only slight chance of a collision from da14–that it will be closer than the HBO and clear channel satellite which is at 25000 miles…how can you be so certain?

  • Terry

    Low Earth Satellite @ 180 To 2,000 KM
    Medium Earth Satellite @ 2,000 To 42,164 KM
    High Earth Satellite @ 42,164 KM Plus
    If so, hopefully in between the latter.

    • green machine

      if the satellite orbiting 25,000 miles away doesnt hit us, why would an asteroid 17,000 miles away. The asteroid would have to have a 17,000 mile radius to hit us.

      • Navin

        I hope asteroid’s velocity be immense to dodge the gravity pull of earth else there is a chance it might strike earth, even if it enters our atmosphere, our atmostphere’s protection layers(friction) shall burn it to half the size but whatever remains will fall and where , god knows what happen next.

      • silentseeker

        Because a satellite is launched into a constant-calculated orbit that is constantly corrected. The asteroids trajectory may be affected by a number of things including, planetary gravitational pulls, the light from the sun pushing on it, or any other interference that may arise between now and then. For all we know, it may be building up its mass as we speak (from smaller debris), thus allowing it to be affected more by gravity and the things previously stated above.

  • Nostradamus

    Hey fish,

    You can climb out of your bunker now. Yeah, I know, facts suck because they’re so boring, and why the hell do scientists always have to ruin the fun? The least they could do is wait until fish and the rest of the apocalyptos finish their box of MREs they just opened.

    There’s always 2014…

    • http://webpronews Mary Hazen

      I know, facts suck because they’re so boring, and why the hell do scientists always have to ruin the fun? The least they could do is wait until fish and the rest of the apocalyptos finish their box of MREs they just opened. Begone with you deame get out of her. Tell the one that is marked his days are numberd.

  • David

    The Good News goes, “Fear Not, For I bring you good tidings of great joy for all people.” God is a God of good news and joy, not of destruction.

  • justwant2know

    I’ve heard over and over that the world is going to end on December 21st or around that date. Is this true? And not one person wants to cause a riot in the world but I want an honest answer, I know that guy who predicted this has predicted in April of last year the world was suppose to end. Please give me a answer that I can actually believe.

    • Jonathan

      The world will not end on December 21st 2012 for one reason. There have been over 500 leap years ever since Ceaser created them. With that extra day every 4 years, today would actually be July 2013 so in theory the world should have ended 7 months ago because the Mayan calendar does not take leap years into consideration.

  • Josdar

    I have read quite a few articles that suggest the asteroid will return a lot closer in 2029 and again in 2036.

  • http://GetSurvival.com Get Survival

    Unfortunately miscalculations can happen. I hope the experts are right.

  • http://yahoo frustrated

    This thing is due to maybe hit us in Feb. of next year. I have a physical exam scheduled for March of 2013. What am I gonna do?

  • Villy

    I’m not too concerned regarding this particular asteroid as it’s only 60 meters in diameter and in our atmosphere will break into several pieces and burn up. What I am concerned with is the time frame for detection. Granted this one is smaller compared to the last asteroid to cause mass extinctions, 10km in diameter, but still if this current event is any kind of indication we may have more to worry about then society leads us to believe regarding future impacts/events.

  • chris

    rt said that it may hit ….not that it would. you say that it will not hit. i think that there is a chance of unknown variables. your 100% chance of a non hit is not fool proof. you should have said that the chance is greater that it wont hit. you dont know………

  • goscott

    Then, a Mighty Angel picked up a boulder shaped like a huge Mill Stone, and threw it into the

    Atlantic Ocean,

    and cried mightily with a loud voice saying!!

    Just as I have thrown away this stone, the great city of Babylon will be thrown down with violence , and shall never be found again!!!

    The Book Of Revelation, Chapter 18 verse 21


    • Jim Morris

      Where does it say “Atlantic ocean”? Here is the actual verse.

      21And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

      Try reading chapter 22.

  • Andrew

    Just reminde mr to take that week out of work and go scuba diving, I like to be 90′ underwater if this thing hits. At least I’ll die enjoying what I do best. (SCUBA DIVING)

  • zeemer

    And, what if it does, cant run, cant hide. soooo, smile and say bye-bye.

  • Isam

    My coffin shall be black
    Six angels at my back
    Two to sing and two to pray
    And two to carry my soul away
    Unfortunatly we are missing even this sweet peaceful way of passing away ! is the asteroid’s collision of our Earth any different from the armed atrocities catastrophs and tsunamies that happened due to man greed ! wonder that manufacterers of genocide weapons are the higher voiced wailers

  • http://na Aaron

    Gods’ will be done no matter what. Do you folks really believe that the government (which is so moral,) what a joke or the scientists would tell us of a major planetary destruction or altering event. They would try to save themselves. Do you really think the government really cares about the common man, I’m speaking on a worldwide basis. Why worry about something you cannot change. If it does happen we will see it before our government tells us that it is going to happen. The Bible tells us that only 90 percent of the population will die. As far as I am concerned those are the lucky ones, the surviving 6 to 7 hundred million who survive are going to have a pretty hard time of it. Read the Biblical Prophecies.

  • http://sasktel-regina-sk-ca anna

    thankyou 1000’s of kilometers is FAR away