The US space agency (NASA) reported that it detected a new asteroid, which it named 2023 DWwhich is the size of the famous Tower of Pisa and could fall to Earth in 2046. The first calculations point to a date: February 14, Valentine’s Day.
The new asteroid was discovered on February 26 at the Atacama Observatory in Chile. He has a diameter of approximately 50 meters and has one in 560 chance of impacting on February 14, 2046. However, it is still unknown where on Earth it would reach.
“Several weeks of data are needed to reduce uncertainties and adequately predict their orbits years into the future,” warned the NASA report.
The international media warned that the probability of an impact with Earth has changed in the last week. On March 1, an Italian astronomer shared with NASA that the chance was one in 12,000, but the odds increased a day later to one in 710 and are now one in 560. According to NASA, that chance is, moment, baby
The asteroid 2023 DW is currently at the top of its Sentry Monitoring System Hazards List with 1 on the Turin scale, which means that at the moment It’s not a cause for concern.
“Orbital analysts will continue to monitor asteroid 2023 DW and will update forecasts as more data is received,” NASA said on its Twitter account. The US agency will alert the public if asteroid 2023 DW reaches 3 on the Turin scale.
A DW 2023 collision with Earth would be comparable to the Tunguska fireball event, a 50-meter-diameter asteroid that impacted 114 years ago in a Siberian forest, destroying an estimated 80 million trees.