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Newly discovered asteroid 2016 DV1 to make a very close flyby of Earth on March 3, 2016


A newly discovered asteroid named 2016 DV1 is expected to make a very close flyby of Earth on March 3, 2016.

2016 DV1 is an Apollo class asteroid discovered on February 28, 2016. Its estimated size is between 28 and 62 meters (92 to 203 feet), which is about twice the size of Chelyabinsk asteroid.

2016 DV1 is traveling at a relative velocity of 18.08 km/s and at the moment of closest approach – 05:17 UTC on March 3 – it is expected to fly by us at about 1 LD (lunar distance). That's about 384 400 km (238 900 miles) above Earth's surface.

The orbit of this object is very uncertain. According to observations made on March 1, its MPC "U" parameter is 7 out of 9 (with 9 being highly uncertain).

Asteroid 2016 DV1's orbital diagram. Image credit: NASA JPL/NEO

Ephemeris | Orbit Diagram | Orbital Elements | Physical Parameters | Close-Approach Data ]

Featured image credit: NASA JPL/NEO


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  1. Ok, I have been trying to find out forever if something hit the earth on January 12, 2016.
    I live in Branchport NY and a very loud noise (explosion like) woke me up around 2:30 in the am. I sat up and the house started shaking. Anything I have read says nothing touched the earth but just seems a little strange to me.

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