NASA Has released information about a large asteroid passing close to the Earth. It is going to pass through the closest to the earth today. Its size has been said to be very large, due to which it has also been called dangerous. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (According to Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), its name has been given by NASA as 2023 DZ2. Today i.e. on Saturday, this meteorite will pass closest to the earth at a distance of 175000 km. NASA has said that the incident of asteroid passing so close is a Occurs once in a decade, so it can also be considered an opportunity for scientists to study asteroids.
The team of the asteroid monitoring agency has given information about it by tweeting. In which it is said that this is the best opportunity to study 2023 DZ2. This meteorite was first observed in February 2023 by the La Palma Observatory located in the Canary Islands. Its size has been told from 144 to 325 feet in diameter. That is, it is about 44 to 99 meters in size, which is considered to be a very large size.
A newly discovered #asteroids named 2023 DZ2 will safely pass by Earth on Saturday at 100K+ miles away.
While close approaches are a regular occurrence, one by an asteroid of this size (140–310 ft) happens only about once per decade, providing a unique opportunity for science.
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) March 21, 2023
Although the probability of asteroid hitting the earth is said to be very less, but if we assume that 2023 DZ2 collides with the earth for some reason, then how much damage it can cause to the earth. In response to this question, the report of Live Science says that it can harm a large part of the earth. In 2013, a meteorite named Chelyabinsk exploded in the sky in Russia, which damaged 7,000 buildings. More than 1400 people were injured in this. This asteroid was 59 feet in size. Whereas 2023 DZ2, which will pass near the Earth today, is thrice the size of that asteroid. That is, you can imagine the damage caused by it. <!–
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