There is a remote possibility that the newly discovered asteroid 2023 DW will sabotage everyone’s Valentine’s Day plans.
Details about A new asteroid discovered by NASA may strike Earth on Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2046
The asteroid has been added to the European Space Agency’s Danger List, which indicates that there is a chance that it will collide with Earth.
Due to the likelihood that it will collide with Earth, it now holds the top spot on the list of asteroids.
Although it has a Torino Scale grade of 1, which means it presents “no extraordinary level of danger,” there is now no immediate danger of catastrophic destruction.
The asteroid is thought to be 50 metres in diameter, although its exact size is still unknown.
The likelihood of a collision with Earth is incredibly remote. With a 1 in 607 chance of hitting our planet, the asteroid might strike as early as February 14, 2046.
The Planetary Defense Coordination Office of NASA has been monitoring the asteroid and providing updates as they become available.
The office noted that it frequently takes several weeks of data after new objects are identified to reduce the uncertainty and accurately estimate their orbits years in the future. “Orbit analysts will continue to track asteroid 2023 DW and revise forecasts when new information becomes available.”
As new information is received, orbit analysts will continue to track asteroid 2023 DW and revise forecasts. According to astronomer Piero Sicoli, there is a “1 in 400 possibility” that the asteroid may make contact with Earth.
If this scenario came true, he calculated where the asteroid may land, and his calculations indicate that it might land anywhere from the Indian Ocean to just off the U.S. East Coast.
He tweeted last week, “Certainly this possibility will soon be ruled out. But as a practise, I determined where the asteroid may land if this scenario materialised.