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Massive asteroid expected to pass close to Earth on Saturday

An airplane-sized asteroid is set to pass between the Earth and the Moon on Saturday afternoon at about 3:51 p.m. EST.

Binoculars or a large lens can be used to see an enormous meteor as it passes between the orbit of the Earth and the Moon.

FILE- This unsigned NASA look depicts the meteor Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. ( NASA / Goddard / University of Arizona / CSA / York / MDA via AP )

NASA SCIENTISTS CONSIDER DOOMSDAY ASTEROID TO BE MUCH MORE Constant AND DESTRUCTIVE THAN Earlier ESTIMATES

The meteor, known as 2023 DZ2, is big enough to destroy an entire town and is thought to be between 140 feet and 310 feet long. It has been dubbed the” place killer.” Thankfully, it is keeping a safer distance from the planet.

According to NASA’s Asteroid Watch, an element of this size and proximity to Earth just occurs about once every ten years.

To coordinate international reactions to the challenge of a possible” near-Earth” image, scientists have established the International Asteroid Warning Network.

Near-Earth Objects, according to NASA, are” comets and asteroids that have been propelled into orbit by the gravitational pull of nearby stars to input the Earth’s neighborhood.”

This image, taken by Gianluca Masi, depicts the meteor 2023 DZ2, which is shown in the middle by an arrow, at a distance of about 1.8 million meters( 1.1 million miles ) from Earth on March 22. The asteroid, which is large enough to destroy a place, may innocently fly between Earth and the moon on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Although meteor flyovers are frequent, NASA claimed that they only occur about once every ten years for one so large to come so close. Its measurements, according to scientists, is between 140 and 310 ft. ( 94 meters and 42 meters ) ( Gianluca Masi / AP Virtual Telescope Project )

Due to its close proximity to the Earth, NASA lists this meteor as a” Possible Hazardous Asteroid.”

NASA researchers discovered last week that the Earth might be more vulnerable than previously thought to a mass extinction meteor impact.

The Goddard Space Flight Center Chief Scientist, James Garvin, presented the results of his group’s analysis of data from four asteroid-impacted holes from different Earth-observing satellites.

They found that more comets than earlier researchers had discovered have struck the Earth. Many mass extinctions on Earth result from the explosion of these meteor impacts, which is thought to have been ten times more powerful than the largest atomic bomb ever.

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has frequently cautioned that society has become a” multi-planetary taxa” in order to survive mass extinction. Musk has been spearheading humankind’s attempt to establish habitation on Mars.

According to Musk,” the future of humanity will ultimately split into two directions: Either we’re going to evolve into a multiplanet species and an advanced civilization, or we won’t be able to leave this planet until some sort of extinction event.”

The businessman published an article in August about the death of dinosaurs following the impact of an asteroid on modern-day Mexico.

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Musk tweeted,” This may happen repeatedly- just a matter of period.”

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test( DART ) from NASA confirmed in 2022 that their attempt to have a spacecraft use kinetic impact to change the asteroid Dimorphos’ orbit was successful. With the help of displacement technology, humanity was able to change an asteroid’s motion for the first time.



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