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Large Asteroid Packing 50 Megatons Of Force Might Come Crashing Down On Earth In 2023 — And That’s Not All

Nov 26, 2018

By Alexandra Lozovschi

A large asteroid could be headed toward us in the near future — barreling through space on a risk trajectory that might cause it to collide with Earth.

The news comes from the Express, which cites NASA sources, who revealed that the space rock could end up engaged in not one, but 62 different potential impact trajectories with our planet — each of them waiting to sling the asteroid toward Earth over the next 100 years.

Known as asteroid 2018 LF16, the space rock was last observed by our astronomers on June 16 — notes NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) — who calculated its orbit and its potential to become a threat to our planet. The calculations showed asteroid 2018 LF16 could collide with our planet on 62 different dates between now and 2117.

The first of these unnerving opportunities will arise just five years from now — occurring on August 8, 2023. Other potential impact dates in the near future fall on August 3, 2024, and on August 1, 2025. To make matters worse, the space rock is estimated to measure nearly 700 feet across and is currently hurtling through space at a speed of more than 33,844 miles per hour. This makes asteroid 2018 LF16 twice as large as the Statue-of-Liberty-sized space rock that skimmed past our planet earlier today, as reported by the Inquisitr.

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3 comments on “Large Asteroid Packing 50 Megatons Of Force Might Come Crashing Down On Earth In 2023 — And That’s Not All

  • From a story in the Express.   Hence the scaremongering tones of panic.  A slow news day, then.

    Shock!!! Horror!!!!  Space Rocks are Out There.   Some come kinda close, if you call the moon close.

  • @OP – The news comes from the Express, which cites NASA sources, who revealed that the space rock could end up engaged in not one, but 62 different potential impact trajectories with our planet — each of them waiting to sling the asteroid toward Earth over the next 100 years.

    Ah!  THE Express as a source!!!!

    It appears to be based on this NASA model which includes this paragraph! !

    https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018%20LF16;old=0;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb

    For accurate long-term ephemerides, please instead use our Horizons system.

    This orbit viewer was implemented using two-body methods, and hence should not be used for determining accurate long-term trajectories (over several years or decades) or planetary encounter circumstances.

    It seems the EXPRESS does not let inconvenient warnings from REAL NASA scientists get in the way of a sensationalist story! –  But those who know its reporting history, could have guessed that! 🙂

     

     

     

     

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