NASA discovers asteroid that has slight chance of hitting Earth on Valentine's Day 2046

A new asteroid known as 2023 DW has been tracked by NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Center. It has a very slim possibility of striking Earth on February 14, 2046.

The air will be filled with more than just love on Valentine's Day in 2046.

The new asteroid 2023 DW has a very tiny possibility of hitting Earth on February 14, 2046, when it passes the globe at a distance of about 1.1 million miles, according to NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

Asteroid 2023 DW will take 271 days to finish one solar orbit and measures about 162 feet broad, or about as wide as an NFL football field, according to NASA.

The agency noted on Tuesday that it frequently requires several weeks of data to properly lower the uncertainties and forecast the orbits of newly found objects years in the future.

There is no need for the general public to be concerned as Asteroid 2023 DW is presently at the top of NASA's Earth impact tracking list with a score of 1 on the Torino scale. It has a 1 in 560 probability of hitting Earth, according to NASA authorities.

According to NASA trajectory experts, they will keep an eye on the asteroid and revise forecasts as new information becomes available.

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Mission DART of NASA

Any celestial object that could pass within 30 million miles of Earth is categorized as a near-Earth asteroid.

90% of NEOs bigger than 140 meters are targeted by NASA's NEO Observation Program, which seeks to locate, monitor, and gather knowledge about them. According to NASA, more than 40% of these comets have been discovered so far.

The PDCO would notify the government and the people if one of these comets were to approach. The PDCO estimates that over the next 50 years, there is a higher than 1% probability of this occurring.

There is a global strategy being researched about how to divert a sizable space asteroid when the time arrives.

NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect (DART) project was started in 2021. DART, in contrast to most NASA spacecraft missions, was intended to have a brief lifetime and try a planetary-defense strategy that one day might save Earth.

On September 26, 2022, DART used autonomous guidance to focus on the bigger Didymos and its smaller moonlet Dimorphos, a binary asteroid system located about 7 million miles from Earth. Then, at a speed of about 15,000 mph, it rushed head-on at the smaller space rock, smashing into it like a battering weapon.

According to NASA, the operation was a triumph because the moonlet asteroid's orbit was changed by the DART collision. Dimorphos used to circle Didymos in almost 12 hours. According to measurements made with a ground-based telescope, Dimorphos now completes its 11-hour, 32-minute circle of the larger asteroid.