W-News | Indonesia Is The Best Place To View Asteroid | Indonesia is the best place to see the asteroids that pass near Earth, said Deputy Science Aerospace Research and Information National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan), Thomas Djamaluddin.
"Best area to see the asteroid is in Indonesia because the asteroid is passing south of the sky," said Djamal told Reuters on Friday.
Asteroids, said Thomas, look and reflect sunlight on a Saturday morning February 16, 2013 at around 2:26 pm.
Indonesia has the closest distance to see the asteroid. The closest point to the earth is only about 21,000 km, in the orbit of the GPS satellites.
"Almost the whole of Indonesia can see the asteroid. But, to use a telescope, can not with the naked eye," he said.
2012 DA14 Astreoid it would seem like a dim star passing rapidly from the sky relative Southwest towards the Northeast.
Asteroid 2012 DA14 called the estimated size of about 45 meters will pass very close to Earth.
The asteroid this time it did not affect anything else on earth, including the work does not interfere with satellites in earth. However, within 97 years, or rather February 16, 2110 is expected to pound the earth.
Djamal explain the potential asteroid measuring 45 meters if it hit the Earth, will have roughly similar to the Tunguska impact on June 30, 1908 that destroyed forests in Siberia Jakarta area, which means the impact destroyed the region roughly equivalent to the big city.
Asteroids are generally solar system objects consisting of rocks and minerals are mostly frozen metal is in a belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.