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Asteroid no. 2012 DA14 resembles a rocky potato and measures 35mtrs (115 ft) x 80mtrs (262 ft).
It is predicted to pass through Earth's geosynchronous ring plane at a comfortable 0.09 LD*, or 35,000kms (21,750 miles) above the centre point of the planet; that is 28,500 kms (17,700 miles) above the planet's surface.
On 15th February 2013, the day after St. Valentine's Day, the romantic asteroid no. 2012 DA14 will be nearer to the Earth's surface than some of our orbiting satellites.
It will fly past the Earth at a relative speed of 28,000 kph (17,400 mph) and will be visible through binoculars from parts of Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.
We shall no doubt be told more about this non-hazardous object as the date of its closest approach approaches.
*LD - Lunar Distance: i.e. the distance between Earth and Moon.
All numerical values are approximate.
Update 15th February 2013:
Meteorite comes to Earth in Russian Urals. This, we are being told is NOT the same meteorite, just a coincidence! Nevertheless more than 100 people have been injured from flying glass caused by explosions in the air, according to a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry.