Olympic pool-size asteroid has a 1-in-600 chance of impacting Earth

NASA warns of a newly discovered asteroid, the size of a swimming pool, with a 1-in-600 chance of colliding with Earth. Monitoring and analysis continue.
Kavita Verma
Stock image of an asteroid approaching planet Earth.
Stock image of an asteroid approaching planet Earth.


NASA has made a startling announcement regarding the discovery of a new asteroid that could potentially collide with Earth. The asteroid, named 2023 DW, is the size of a swimming pool and has a one-in-600 chance of striking our planet. While the odds may seem relatively small, the potential consequences of such a collision are significant.

First discovered on February 27, the asteroid 2023 DW is thought to have a diameter of around 165 feet (50 meters) or roughly the length of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. On February 14, 2046, the asteroid is anticipated to pass very close to Earth. As of March 8, the Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre of the European Space Agency estimates that there is a one-in-625 chance that the asteroid will directly impact Earth, though this estimate is updated every day. 

2023 DW would not strike Earth with the force that wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago, as that ancient object most likely had a diameter of several miles. 

"Often when new objects are first discovered, it takes several weeks of data to reduce the uncertainties and adequately predict their orbits years into the future," NASA tweeted. "Orbit analysts will continue to monitor asteroid 2023 DW and update predictions as more data comes in."

NASA continues monitoring to detect any potential threat

At this time, NASA has not issued any alerts or warnings regarding the asteroid. However, they are continuing to monitor its path and will provide updates if the situation changes. The agency is also reminding the public that they are constantly tracking near-Earth objects and working to improve their detection capabilities.

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The discovery of this asteroid serves as a reminder of the importance of continued efforts to monitor and study near-Earth objects. NASA has been actively studying asteroids and other space debris for many years, and their work has led to numerous discoveries that have helped scientists better understand the solar system and the threats it poses to Earth.

In addition to studying these objects, NASA is also working to develop technologies that could potentially deflect or destroy asteroids if they pose a threat to Earth. These efforts are part of the agency's planetary defense strategy, which is aimed at protecting our planet from potential impacts.

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