Watch as NASA livestreams asteroid 2012 DA14's visit

Contrary to Internet rumors, the meteorite that flew over Russia had nothing to do with asteroid 2012 DA14, which will be making a relatively close flyby past Earth on Friday. And you can watch it.

Tune into the NASA JPL Live UStream page now and watch as astronomers follow 2012 DA14 as it passes 17,000 miles above the Earth's surface. NASA is streaming video footage from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia as it tracks 2012 DA14's journey across the sky.

This may be your best bet for seeing the asteroid if you're in the Western Hemisphere, as the asteroid is only visible from parts of Europe, Asia, and Australia. If you are in a part of the world where the the asteroid is visible, you'll need a pair of binoculars—or more ideally, a telescope—to be able to track the asteroid yourself. Check out our previous story on 2012 DA14 to learn more about this visiting space rock.

Also, check out this video from NASA on 2012 DA14.

Happy sky-watching!

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