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Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth on Friday Afternoon
02/14/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter
Dr. Julie Ziffer

In astronomical terms it counts as a near-miss. Friday afternoon February 15 an asteroid called DA 14 will come within a few thousand miles of Earth. It's an unprecedented event and scientists are excited. Dr. Julie Ziffer is an astronomy lecturer at the University of Southern Maine who specializes in the study of asteroids. She said although DA 14 is coming close to Earth, don't panic, there's no chance of a collision.

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USM's Dr Julie Ziffer is giving a public lecture tonight on Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 pm at Southworth Planetarium in Portland titled Close Encounters of the Asteroid Kind.

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Photos by Tom Porter.

 

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