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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. 

Davide Farnocchia, a navigational engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told CNN  the asteroid isn't a big problem, but the space agency is still gathering information about its orbit. NASA's Asteroid Watch Twitter account wrote that following the discovery of a new asteroid, "several weeks of data are required to reduce uncertainty and adequately predict their orbits for years to come." 

If further analysis shows that DW 2023 poses a greater threat than originally thought, NASA will be ready. In September 2022, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Darth) completed its first mission, successfully knocking a stadium-size asteroid out of Earth's orbit.

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