NASA to Observe Rare Passing of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has announced that a large asteroid, classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), will pass within 100,000 miles of Earth on March 26. The asteroid, known as 2023 DZ2, was first observed on January 14, and is thought to measure between 140 and 310 feet in diameter. Although close asteroid approaches are a relatively regular occurrence, one of this size happens only about once per decade, providing researchers with a rare opportunity for scientific data. The asteroid’s closest approach will occur at 2:51 p.m. CST tomorrow. NASA classifies it as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid because of its close proximity to Earth.