Planetcast Webcast: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 AND the Meteor Airburst
Here's the webcast we presented just as asteroid 2012 DA14 made its close pass by the Earth on February 15, 2013. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and Director of Projects Bruce Betts took questions from the online audience, and talked with Jaime Nomen of La Sagra Observatory in Spain, which had discovered the Near Earth Asteroid.
What we could not know as we planned this webcast was that another space rock would make a stupendous surprise appearance over a city in Russia, underlining the importance of discovering, tracking, and eventually deflecting these dangerous objects. You'll see some of the best videos of the brilliant explosion. Learn how the Planetary Society is supporting Near Earth Object (NEO) programs.