According to officials with NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, the collision probability of the asteroid named DW 2023, discovered on February 27, is above average.
Specifically, The chance that this asteroid’s orbit will bring it directly to Earth in 2046 is 1/625.a rate above average but nevertheless low enough for NASA to reassure the public.
2023 DW is estimated to have a diameter of about 50 m, almost the length of a swimming pool, with a very close approach date to Earth and an impact probability falling on Valentine’s Day (14 February 2046).
The newly discovered asteroid has a 1 in 625 chance of hitting Earth within the next 23 years.
Newly discovered asteroid has a 1 in 625 chance of hitting Earth in the next 23 years – (Illustration by NEW SCIENTIST)
“Usually, with objects discovered for the first time, it takes several weeks of data collection to reduce the likelihood of failure and fully predict its orbit for years to come. Orbital Analysts Director will continue to monitor Asteroid 2023 and to update its forecasts as new data becomes available.” – The newspaper Live Science cited an announcement from NASA.
Although the probability is low, NASA just needs to monitor closely and prepare for a rescue mission if necessary, possibly with a suicide craft rushing directly to the asteroid to deflect it, as a floating test. DART.
Last week, NASA announced four studies that show hope for the ability to fend off future space disasters.
The direct impact of an asteroid the size of 2023 DW, however, may not be enough to cause a mass extinction as terrible as 66 million years ago. However, it can cause significant damage to people and property if it lands in the middle of a large city or densely populated area.
10 years ago, a space rock less than half the size of 2023 DW and which had not yet collided, just exploded in the skies over Russia, enough to cause a violent shockwave that injured and damaged 1,500 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
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According to officials from NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Room, the probability of collision of the asteroid named DW 2023 was discovered on February 27…