NASA alert: Asteroid 2019 DN to scan Earth at 16000mph

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New Delhi : NASA, the US-based space agency has warned that an asteroid named 2019 DN, also known as Near Earth Object (NEO) will scan Earth today, March 8. The space agency has located the asteroid through its advanced tech. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory researchers have predicted that closest approach will occur at 4:19 pm GMT. 

The asteroid measures 656ft (200m) in diameter and will be hurtling through space at a speed of 16,000mph. However, the astronomers have predicted that the space rock will safely pass our planet's orbit.

In fact, the 2019 DN space rock will be 10 times away than the moon, which means this is clearly not the apocalypse.  This biggest asteroid won't be on the space agency's radar this month. The biggest space rock measured by NASA is the 2019 CD5. It measures about 750ft 230m in diameter.

The huge asteroid will be the closest to Earth on March 20 and will be closer than the 2019 DN. 

NASA said, "Very few of these bodies are potential hazards to Earth, but the more we know and understand about them, the better prepared we will be to take appropriate measures if one is heading our way."

As per information, an asteroid dubbed 2018 LF16 which is twice the size of Big Ben is said to collide with our planet on August 8, 2023. But, according to NASA, there's just a one in a 30 million chance of this happening.