An enormous asteroid that might destroy an entire city will pass between the orbits of the Earth and the Moon this next weekend; thankfully, it will miss both. A month ago, the asteroid known as 2023 DZ2 was discovered.
It is scheduled to pass 515,000 kilometres from the Moon on Saturday, after which it will proceed to fly by Earth several hours later. This large asteroid, which is thought to be between 40 and 90 metres in diameter, is unusually close to the Earth when it approaches.
NASA reports that the asteroid’s close approach this weekend offers astronomers a great chance to learn more about asteroids, especially in case they find a potentially dangerous item that could strike Earth.
Danger to the world:
This asteroid, 2023 DZ2, is classified as a “city killer,” yet it is not threatening to strike Earth. Planetary defence chief of the European Space Agency Richard Moissl said that its near transit offers a great opportunity for observations.
The asteroid will be viewable through small telescopes and binoculars worldwide because to its close vicinity of 68,000 km.
Scientists have concluded that the asteroid does not represent a threat to Earth during its anticipated return to Earth’s orbit in 2026.
Now is the moment to observe the asteroid:
The 2023 DZ2 asteroid will come closest to Earth on March 25 at about 3:50 p.m. (EST). Another asteroid, designated 2023 DW, was found in February by scientists and is more likely to collide with Earth in the future. On February 26, the European Space Agency discovered the asteroid and placed it on its own Risk List, where it is currently ranked as the greatest threat. Their calculations indicate that there is a 1 in 607 chance that the 2023 DW asteroid would strike Earth; this may occur as early as February 14, 2046, or Valentine’s Day.
Obviously, 2023 didn’t exactly go as planned.
Our prime minister here in the UK, Rishi Sunak, had promised us a government of stability and competence in addition to professionalism, honesty, and accountability after the crazy ride of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss. Remember Liz? She seems to be a comedy act of the past these days. Instead, Sunak used the looking-glass to plunge even farther into the Conservative psychodrama.
There’s no indication that the conflict in Ukraine will stop. Many individuals currently believe that Donald Trump will win the US presidency again. There are no signs that the fighting in Ukraine will end. It’s very easy to see how the rest of the world could lose interest in the battle and become weary of it. Not to mention the violence in the Middle East and the impending climate disaster.
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Q1. What is the asteroid’s name?
Q2. What location is NASA headquarters?
USA, Washington, DC 20546.