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
Featured image credit: NASA JPL/NEO
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