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Will Asteroid 2016 LY48 Impact Earth?

There is some chance that you have reached this page because of some news stating that there is a significant risk that Asteroid 2016 LY48 will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2016 LY48 is in fact known as a Near Earth Object (or NEO), i.e. an asteroid whose orbit is close to intersect Earth's orbit. These asteroids are monitored very closely and, thanks to high precision position observations and celestial mechanic computations, their orbit is usually known with a high level of precision.

Based on the latest high precision orbit computations performed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), it is confirmed that Asteroid 2016 LY48 is not going to impact Earth in the near future.

In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2016 LY48 with the Earth is happening on Sunday 17 September 2023 at 21:38 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 2016 LY48 and the Earth is 1,665,546 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 4.3321 Lunar Distances, or 261.43 Earth Radii.

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