The National Administration of Aeronautics and Space (POT) is concerned about the possible impact of a potentially dangerous asteroid to the earth. The body is the size of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, and there are high probabilities; of 1 in 560 that it could hit our planet on February 14, 2046. However, until now it is not known exactly where it could fall.
According to the first estimates of the POT, there are probabilities that, if it collided with the Earth, the apotentially dangerous steroid impact in the Indian Ocean or the Pacific Ocean, from the west to the east coast of the United States, between Hawaii, Los Angeles or Washington DC, as possible areas of impact of the body that bears the name DW 2023 and that measures 50 meters in length.
A possible impact of potentially dangerous asteroid against Land on February 14 2046 it would be comparable to the Tunguska 12-megaton event that slammed into Siberia 114 years ago. Said asteroid caused a nuclear explosion that had it not hit a forest (where it knocked down 80 million trees) would have destroyed a large metropolitan area.
The news has just been announced by the POTwho recently discovered the potentially dangerous asteroid called 2023 DW and asked the public for calm as he explained that “several weeks of data are needed to reduce uncertainty about a possible impact on our planet and adequately predict its orbits in the future” and that is that until now no data is conclusive.
On March 1, for example, an Italian astronomer shared that the POT showed a 1 in 12,000 chance, but the odds increased a day later to 1 in 710, and are now 1 in 560. The potentially dangerous asteroidnamed 2023 DW is currently at number 1 on NASA’s impact risk list with a 1 on the Torino scale, meaning there is no cause for public concern at this time.
The 1 on the Torino scale means “the discovery of a asteroid very close to Earth that it does not represent an unusual level of danger”, likewise, the POT He asked for calm because “current calculations show that the possibility of a collision is extremely unlikely and without cause for public concern, so it is very likely that the new telescopic observations will lead to the reassignment to Level 0.”
“Orbit analysts will continue to monitor the asteroid 2023 DW and will update the predictions as more data comes in,” NASA tweeted.
What would be the WORST scenario on the NASA Torino scale with this potentially dangerous asteroid?
Yes ok 2023 DW is at 1 on the Torino scale, could be as high as 10, labeled ‘Collision’ which NASA defines as a “certain” impact, capable of causing a global climate catastrophe that may threaten the future of civilization as we know it, as whether it impacts on land or in the ocean. Such events occur on average once every 100,000 years, or less frequently.”
However, the POT He assured that in the worst scenario of a possible impact of the potentially dangerous asteroid, he would alert the public in the event that 2023 DW reaches 3 on the Torino scale. The last significant impact was on February 15, 2013, with the asteroid known as Chelyabinsk, an 18-meter-wide meteorite striking Earth’s atmosphere with energy estimated to be equivalent to 500,000 tons of TNT.
The impact sent a shock wave twice around the world, causing widespread damage and injuring more than 1,600 people. And to give us an idea, asteroid 2023 DW is more than twice the size of Chelyabinsk, however, we must remain calm because the POT has very ambitious plans for planetary defense and recently proved that it can deflect a killer asteroid from its path to Earth, after its successful mission DART in 2021.
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