The press say this rock is 19 times longer than the ocean liner the QE2 – that makes it many hundred times bigger! Fortunately it will sail by at 3.5 lunar distances away on the 1st of June. The nice part though is that it will have brightened to mag 10 and will be a joy to watch.
The supremely successful live feed of Asteroid 2012 DA14 which was broadcast throughout the night and culminated in a show on NASA TV attracted over 7 million views and was NASA’s most successful Webcast ever.
For my part, I streamed for around four hours continuously and by token of thanks the NASA Team sent me a certificate and goody bag. A lovely gesture and a great memento to celebrate a fantastic evening!