On Friday 15th February the recently discovered Apollo-class
near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will make a close pass by the
Earth. The asteroid will come within about 34,000 km (21,000
miles) of the centre of our planet at 7.26 p.m. That is, within
the ring of geostationary communication satellites which orbit at
some 35,800 km above the surface of the Earth.