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In a rarity, a meteor hit and an asteroid near-miss on same day

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique...more

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout
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The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique...more

The passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system, is depicted in this handout image from NASA. On February 15, 2013, an asteroid, 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids. REUTERS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout
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The asteroid 2012 DA14 is marked with a red circle in this handout image taken by Argentine's Gloria Project researchers and distributed by Spanish Research Council (CSIC), February 15, 2013. The asteroid, some 150 feet (46 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth on February 15, 2013. Although asteroid 2012 DA14 is the largest known object of its size to pass this close, scientists say there is no chance of an impact, this week or in the foreseeable future. REUTERS/CSIC/Handout

The asteroid 2012 DA14 is marked with a red circle in this handout image taken by Argentine's Gloria Project researchers and distributed by Spanish Research Council (CSIC), February 15, 2013. The asteroid, some 150 feet (46 meters) in diameter will...more

The asteroid 2012 DA14 is marked with a red circle in this handout image taken by Argentine's Gloria Project researchers and distributed by Spanish Research Council (CSIC), February 15, 2013. The asteroid, some 150 feet (46 meters) in diameter will pass close, but safely, by Earth on February 15, 2013. Although asteroid 2012 DA14 is the largest known object of its size to pass this close, scientists say there is no chance of an impact, this week or in the foreseeable future. REUTERS/CSIC/Handout
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SPACE-ASTEROID/ - Diagram illustrating the path of the asteroid that will make a close pass by Earth on Friday.

SPACE-ASTEROID/ - Diagram illustrating the path of the asteroid that will make a close pass by Earth on Friday.

SPACE-ASTEROID/ - Diagram illustrating the path of the asteroid that will make a close pass by Earth on Friday.
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Students of the Astronomical Association of Sabadell prepare to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, in Sabadell, near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Students of the Astronomical Association of Sabadell prepare to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, in Sabadell, near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Students of the Astronomical Association of Sabadell prepare to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, in Sabadell, near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino
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Girls get ready to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, outside the Astronomical Association of Sabadell in Sabadell near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Girls get ready to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, outside the Astronomical Association of Sabadell in Sabadell near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Girls get ready to watch Asteroid 2012 DA14 pass Earth, outside the Astronomical Association of Sabadell in Sabadell near Barcelona February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino
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