Submitted by ub on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 09:19

The countdown continued and the time came and went as an asteroid flew near earth today at 19:25 GMT, which was 2:25PM Eastern time.

Although it missed earth by 17,150 miles, which is the closest known fly by for something so this huge. A ten ton meteorite the size of a house actually hit Russia last night and hospitalized hundreds. This happens to be close to their nuclear weapons sight.

A 150-foot asteroid hurtled toward Earth's backyard, destined Friday to make the closest known flyby for a rock of its size, according to the U.S. space agency NASA promised the asteroid would miss Earth by 17,150 miles, avoiding catastrophe. But that's still closer than many communication and weather satellites. Scientists insisted those, too, would be spared.

Scientists at NASA's Near-Earth Object program at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that an object of this size makes a close approach like this every 40 years. The likelihood of a strike is every 1,200 years.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 was not not seen with the naked eye even at its closest approach around 1925 GMT, over the Indian Ocean. The best viewing locations with a binocular, or a telescope, were in Asia, Australia and eastern Europe. A pinpoint of light as the asteroid zooms by at 17,400 mph

One thing was easy to see... Mother nature continues kicking our asteroid and will keep showing all of us who is the real boss!