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Why we should not (too) worry about the asteroid “2023 DW” which will pass near Earth in 2046

2023-03-17T16:01:47.562Z


DECRYPTION - The probability that this pebble 50 meters in diameter hits our planet is one in 1000, according to the latest calculations by NASA.


Could an asteroid hit Earth in 2046?

Nasa announced on Twitter on March 7 the discovery of a near-Earth asteroid named "

2023 DW

" which would have a small probability of crashing into Earth on February 14, 2046. The object is currently located nearly 20 million kilometers away. from U.S.

It is currently the only asteroid classified at level 1 on the Turin scale, which assesses the risk of impact with Earth from 0 to 10.

The American space agency, however, wanted to be reassuring by specifying that the celestial object presented “

a low chance of having an impact

” on the Earth.

"

Current calculations show that the risk of collision is extremely unlikely and that there is no reason to attract attention or arouse public concern

", justifies NASA.

No need to "freak out"

For several days, the media have been concerned about the size of the asteroid and the probabilities published by NASA.

According to space agency calculations last week, the asteroid…

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Source: lefigaro

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