Sixty-six-million-years-ago, a huge asteroid crashed into the earth. The collision not only wiped out the dinosaurs, but also created a huge crater under the Yucatan Peninsula. So it's not surprising that NASA is closely monitoring potential asteroid threats. And a government agency just broke the news that a newly discovered asteroid could hit Earth on Valentine's Day 2046.
According to NASA's Planetary Space Agency, DW has a "small chance" of making contact with our planet in 2023. While 2023 DW is currently over 11 million miles from Earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Sentry system gives it a 1 in 560 chance of hitting Earth.
We've been tracking a new asteroid named 2023 DW that has a very small chance of impacting Earth in 2046. Often when new objects are first discovered, it takes several weeks of data to reduce the uncertainties and adequately predict their orbits years into the future. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/SaLC0AUSdP— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) March 7, 2023