Gigantic Valentine’s Day asteroid could strike Earth in 2046, NASA says
A newly discovered asteroid is prepared to ruin Valentine’s Day in 23 years time. Per NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Sentry system—which tracks potential collisions with celestial objects— a 160-foot-wide space rock dubbed 2023 DW has 10 predicted close approaches to Earth, with the nearest expected on Feb. 14, 2046 at about 1.1 million miles from our planet.
First discovered on Feb. 2, the space rock has a one in 625 chance of striking Earth on 2046, per projections by the European Space Agency. However, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Sentry system estimates a chance of one in 560. The celestial object also currently sits atop NASA’s impact risk list, ranking 1 out of 10 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, which is used for categorizing the impact hazard of near-Earth objects.