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Brookline students track asteroid, set up live feed

As a massive asteroid made its way toward Earth, three individuals closely tracked the 150-foot-wide object through one of the largest telescopes in the Boston area. The trio kept a close eye on 2012 DA14 as it hurtled through space about 17,000 miles from the planet, a distance closer than the moon, hours after a meteor cut through the atmosphere and inflicted widespread damage and injuries in Russia.

The three students monitoring the giant telescope at the Clay Center Observatory at Dexter and Southfield Schools in Brookline on Friday night were as thrilled, and maybe more so, as they would have been had they been watching a high school basketball game or carving snow on a snowboard.

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