# What Do You Know About Asteroid 2012 DA14? Trivia Quiz

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What Do You Know About Asteroid 2012 Da14? This asteroid passed near the earth, and a lot of people doubted if the scientist were correct when they said the chances of a new collision were less. Some people even estimated that the asteroid would hit the earth and end-all of existence. Do take up the quiz and get to see what more you know about the asteroid.

• 1.

### The diameter of asteroid 2012 DA14 is closest to:

• A.

The length of an Olympic-size swimming pool

• B.

The depth of the deepest portion of the Mariana Trench

• C.

The length of the Statue of Liberty’s nose

A. The length of an Olympic-size swimming pool
Explanation
Asteroid 2012 DA14 is nearly 150 feet in diameter, and the length of an Olympic-size swimming pool is about 164 feet. Meanwhile, the Mariana Trench hosts the deepest spot in the world’s oceans—it plunges approximately 6.8 miles. Lady Liberty’s nose is four-and-a-half feet long.

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• 2.

### When asteroid 2012 DA14 is closest to the Earth's surface, it will be roughly as far away as:

• A.

The distance between the Earth and the Moon

• B.

Half the distance between the Earth and Venus at its closest approach

• C.

Three-quarters of the way around the Earth at the equator

C. Three-quarters of the way around the Earth at the equator
Explanation
Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass about 17,200 miles above Earth’s surface, which is approximately 70% of the Earth's circumference of 24,873.6 miles.

The moon is an average of 238,855 miles from the Earth. Of the planets in our solar system, none come closer to Earth than Venus, which is about 23.7 million miles away at its nearest approach.

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• 3.

### The mass of asteroid 2012 DA14 is most close to the mass of:

• A.

An African elephant

• B.

Two and a half ships the size of the RMS Titanic

• C.

The moon

B. Two and a half ships the size of the RMS Titanic
Explanation
Asteroid 2012 DA14 has a mass of around 130,000,000 kg, about 2.5 times that of the RMS Titanic, which had a mass of about 53,149,413 kg, according to the Titanic Artifact Exhibition.

African elephants are much smaller than 2012 DA14. According to the San Diego Zoo, the mass of an African Elephant is up to 6,800 kg. And the moon has a substantially larger mass than 2012 DA14—a whopping 73,476,730,924,573,500,000,000 kg.

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• 4.

### Duende was discovered on

• A.

24 January 2009

• B.

23 February 2012

• C.

29 December 2010

• D.

05 May 2012

B. 23 February 2012
• 5.

### The close approach to Earth reduced the orbital period of Duende from_______days to________days.

• A.

352, 325

• B.

322,385

• C.

368, 317

• D.

321, 225

C. 368, 317
Explanation
The correct answer is 368, 317. This suggests that the close approach to Earth caused a reduction in the orbital period of Duende from 368 days to 317 days. This implies that the gravitational interaction between Earth and Duende during the close approach caused a change in Duende's orbit, resulting in a shorter orbital period.

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