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Will Asteroid 2017 WJ16 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 2017 WJ16 will hit the Earth in the near future. Asteroid 2017 WJ16 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 2017 WJ16 is not going to impact Earth in the near future.

In fact, considering the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid 2017 WJ16 with the Earth is happening on Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 02:30 UTC time. At that time the closest distance between Asteroid 2017 WJ16 and the Earth is 2,034,543 kilometers, which is a distance equivalent to 5.2919 Lunar Distances, or 319.34 Earth Radii.

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