Asteroid “Cruise Ship” To Sail Past Earth Safely

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While our cruise ship accident attorneys have represented the victims of several strange and unique accident and injury incidents, a new “cruise ship” seems as though it will not be posing any problems. While it is much larger than any of the cruise industry’s newest innovative vessels, this particular ship does not appear likely to cause a threat to anyone’s safety.

No, we are not talking about any new vessel on the high seas, we are referring to a 45 meter-wide asteroid that has been dubbed a cosmo “cruise ship” in its own right. According to scientists, the asteroid will zoom safely past Earth on Feb. 15.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will make a brief “salute” past the planet on Feb. 15, flying closer than geosynchronous orbit (27,700 kilometers or 17,200 miles or 1/13th the Earth-moon distance). While this seems like a scary figure, the experts at NASA say that we have nothing to fear.

“NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office can accurately predict the asteroid’s path with the observations obtained, and it is therefore known that there is no chance that the asteroid might be on a collision course with Earth,” announced NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. DA14 was discovered in February 2012 by the La Sagra Sky Survey in Spain, so its orbital trajectory has been very well tracked since then – unlike some of the other paths cruise ship operators have chosen. And unlike many cruise ships here on Earth, DA14 is not likely to divert its course out of the blue and cause a tragic accident.

DA14 has an estimated mass of 130,000 metric tons, making it larger than the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which ran aground and capsized off the coast of Giglio, Italy back in Jan. 13, 2012 after the captain decided to alter the vessel’s course to perform a “salute.”

Although here in Miami, Florida, the chances of getting a glimpse at the asteroid are next to impossible, space enthusiasts in Europe, Asia and Australia should be able to get a nice view of the asteroid using binoculars or low-powered telescopes.

While it is unlikely that DA14 will lead to any injuries that might require the help of an experienced legal professional, our cruise ship accident attorneys here at Lipcon are ready to represent anyone who has been hurt while on a vessel.

If you or someone you love was involved in an accident onboard a cruise ship or in port, contact Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options in filing a claim.

Photo Credit: NASA