If you have no plans of dating in the next 20 years, there is an asteroid ready to keep you company!
For decades, February 14 has been designated the official day to celebrate love. It allows couples to find out how committed their partners are as it creates an environment for expressing affection through lavish gifts and heartwarming gestures.
As people worldwide bask in the spirit of giving and receiving love, the holiday leaves singles feeling lonely. According to NASA, the annual tradition may not occur in 2046 as an asteroid could collide with earth.
Singles Celebrate The Possible End Of The World On Valentine’s Day
The solar system is a world humans continuously strive to understand. Although it is filled with mysteries and wonders, there are also various dangers in space. Thanks to NASA, earth’s mightiest defenders, we stay abreast of any threats before they hit us.
CBS News recently reported that out of the millions of asteroids in our solar system, a newly discovered celestial body may pose a significant risk to our planet. The space object named 2023 DW appeared on NASA’s radar on February 26.
Following its discovery, the asteroid was added to the institution’s Risk List, a catalog of space objects that could impact the Earth in some form. From the information gathered on 2023 DW, scientists have given the celestial body a No.1 ranking.
According to the scale, the asteroid’s Torino Scale ranking of 1 meant that researchers believed it posed “no unusual level of danger.” 2023 DW’s size has not been accurately determined, but scientists pegged it at about 50 meters in diameter, the size of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
As for its collision course, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office revealed the asteroid’s risk of impacting Earth in 2046 remains “very small.” However, the ESA predicted that 2023 DW had a chance of colliding with the planet on Valentine’s Day.
There was also the possibility of the asteroid’s impact on other Valentine’s Days from 2047 to 2051, according to the Risk List. Astronomer Piero Sicoli noted that 2023 DW had a “1 in 400 chance” of touching the Earth, revealing it would fall somewhere around the Indian Ocean.
Following the revelation of the asteroid’s possible collision with the Earth on Valentine’s Day in 2046, Twitter users positively reacted to the sad news with hilarious posts. “No more valentine’ day alone!” a cheeky fan penned, while another expressed their excitement with a video.
The brief clip showed a black guy screaming “yeah” as flames burst before him, reflecting on the lens of the individual’s white-rimmed sunglasses. “Me in 2046,” the Twitter user captioned the video.
no more valentine’s day alone! pic.twitter.com/4x80glJOE1
— morgs (@myownchecks) March 10, 2023
It seemed all the single ladies and gents were looking forward to 2023 DW’s descent on Earth. A third person confessed that the space object had bad intentions like them. The individual’s tweet read, “The asteroid is single and wants to see all relationships fail…it’s just like me fr.”
“Rooting for the Asteroid…” a fourth doomsday lover wrote, while someone else shared their dream date before the possible end of the world. “I have no interest in Moks. However… a Valentine’s Date with Princess Ariel wouldn’t be too bad,” the individual gushed.
— CaptainBriscoe (@BriscoeCaptain) March 10, 2023
“So excited!! My girls and I about to throw an end of the world party,” another fan tweeted, joining the growing list of people not taking the situation seriously. Out of all the jokes came the sincere suggestion to fight danger with violence. “Well, let’s start shooting at it now,” an individual advised NASA.
The Last Asteroid Hurtling Towards Earth Did Not Collide With The Planet
Last month, USA TODAY revealed that a massive asteroid named 2005 YY128 was previously believed to be heading toward the Earth at a dangerously close distance. However, NASA refuted the rumors that the planet was in danger from the astronomical event.
Me in 2046 pic.twitter.com/pKMjB5tmen
— Antonio (@SancochoPapi) March 10, 2023
Paul Chodas, the director of the Center of Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, confirmed that the celestial body would hurtle past the Earth at a safe distance on February 15.
The NASA staffer noted that the giant asteroid marked one of the closest approaches to the planet in years. Thus, the astronomical event was named the “Earth Close Approach.”
well let’s starting shooting at it now. pic.twitter.com/4ltRPybALv
— .kelleee. (@_helluvalife) March 10, 2023
Astronomers predicted that 2005 YY128 would get close to the planet within 2.8 million miles, which Chodes stated was 12 times farther away than the moon. Although the asteroid posed no threats to humans, it allowed scientists to learn more about the space object using rad