NASA confirms it’s tracking new asteroid ‘with chance Earth impact in 2046’

NASA's top scientists have confirmed that they are tracking a newly discovered asteroid which has a could crash into Earth within the next 25 years.

According to the space agency's Asteroid Watch twitter account, the new giant rock has been called 2023 DW.

And its current trajectory puts it on a collision course with Earth, with impact expected in 2046.

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They said: “We've been tracking a new asteroid named 2023 DW that has a very small chance of impacting Earth in 2046. 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.

“Orbit analysts will continue to monitor asteroid 2023 DW and update predictions as more data comes in.”

The asteroid measures around 49.29 metres in diametre – almost the exact same size as an Olympic swimming pool.

NASA estimates that it takes around 271 to complete one solar orbit, and its closest distance to the Sun will be 0.49 Astronomical Units – or around 75 million kilometres.

The exact date it is estimated to hit Earth is February 14, 2046, which would make a pretty horrific Valentine's Day.

No official warnings or danger to live threats have yet been issued by NASA, and likely won't be until nearer the time of potential impact.

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They have also not said how much damage could be caused, or where it could hit.

News of the impact went down well on social media.

One person wrote: “Is there any way of getting it here sooner?”

And a second tweeted: “Remind me to cancel my cars extended warranty before then.”

A third, rather comfortingly posted: “I'm glad that there are people out there keeping an eye on these potential threats to our planet.”

The Daily Star will be on hand in 2046 to bring you all the latest news as our planet heads for potential imminent destruction.

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