Three asteroids will make a ‘close approach’ to Earth on Valentine’s Day


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Three asteroids will make a 'close approach' to Earth on Valentine's Day

Three asteroids will make a ‘close approach’ to Earth on Valentine’s Day

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NASA is keeping a close eye on three asteroids that are making a “close approach” to Earth this Valentine’s Day.

The largest of the three rocks is about 154 feet wide, NASA said.

NASA expects three asteroids to make 'close approach' on Valentine's Day

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NASA expects three asteroids to make ‘close approach’ on Valentine’s DayCredit: Getty

That’s more than half the size of the 305-foot-tall Statue of Liberty.

The largest space rock passed us early this morning.

Dubbed 2022 CF3, it flew past 1.5 million miles away.

The first Valentine’s Day asteroid flies at less than 9,000 miles per hour.

A million miles might sound like a long way off, but it’s not a huge distance at all in the grand space program, so NASA still labels it a “close approach.”

If an asteroid is within 4.65 million miles and over a certain size, cautious space agencies consider it “potentially hazardous.”

None of Valentine’s Day’s three asteroids are particularly large for the space rock and are not expected to hit Earth.

The other two asteroids are called 2020 DF and 2022 CF1.

NASA believes the former could be as wide as 112 feet, while the latter could be as wide as 92 feet.

These Valentine’s Day asteroids should pass us by tonight, and many will enjoy a romantic evening.

Asteroid 2020 DF should be about 933,000 miles from Earth.

Asteroid 2022 CF1 should be within 3 million miles of Earth.

By comparison, the Moon is only about 238,900 miles away.

Plan to save Earth from asteroid

Some experts worry that Earth is not ready to fend off a potentially deadly asteroid.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk once sparked attention on Twitter: “A big rock will eventually hit the earth, and we currently have no defenses.”

However, NASA is working on some defense methods.

It recently launched a double asteroid redirection test mission.

“DART is the first mission to study and demonstrate a method of asteroid deflection by altering the motion of asteroids in space through kinetic impact,” NASA said.

The DART spacecraft was supposed to hit an asteroid called Dimorphos in September in order to de-orbit it.

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