The news is slowly widespreading over the Internet… According to the DailyMail online, a “self-proclaimed astronomer”, Dr Dyomin Damir Zakharovich, predicts that an asteroid will crash on the Earth on February 16th, 2017, creating a mega-tsunami…

The asteroid is known: 2016 WF9, an Apollo-type asteroid, was discovered by NEOWISE (Near Earth Object Wide field Infrared Survey Explorer) on November 27th, 2016, and its size is currently estimated to be around 400 m diameter. It will cross the ecliptic plane in mid-February, but according to modelizations, based on 61 past observations of the small body, it will be 53 millions of kilometers from our planet on February 16th… and will actually at its closest point to the Earth 9 days later, on February 25th, but always at a respectful distance of more than 51 millions of kilometers. So be sure everybody will be safe on February 16th! Or at least, if anything happens, it won’t have anything to do with asteroids! Or at least, not this one!

Relative positions in 3D of the inner Solar System plantes and the asteroid 2016 WF9 on February 16th (Doomsday, according to Dr Dyomin Damir Zakharovich) and February 25th (closest approach), 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL

Relative positions in 3D of the inner Solar System planets and the asteroid 2016 WF9 on February 16th (Doomsday, according to Dr Dyomin Damir Zakharovich) and February 25th (closest approach), 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL

What is real, on the other hand, is that another small asteroid (5 to 10 m diameter), 2017 BH30, was discovered on January 29th, 2017 by the Catalina Sky Survey, and came as close as 35 000 km from the Earth surface on January 30th, 04h 59 UT. It was around +13.6mag at that time. The same visual magnitude as another small rock (2017 BS32) that will pass at 150 000 km from Earth surface tomorrow (February 2nd, 2017), so 4 times further than 2017 BH30, but as it is a bit bigger (10 to 20 m diameter), it is brighter, so appears nearly as bright as the previous one.

Near Earth asteroid 2017 BH30 hotographed by Gianluca Masi, at the time it was 500 000 km, on a safe approach trajectory. At that time, the asteroid had an apparent speed of 36"/minute! Credit: Gianluca Masi, The Virtual Telescope Project

Near Earth asteroid 2017 BH30 photographed by Gianluca Masi, at the time it was 500 000 km, on a safe approach trajectory. At that time, the asteroid had an apparent speed of 36″/minute! Credit: Gianluca Masi, The Virtual Telescope Project

Again, no need to worry about that! The best it could lead to, is a wonderful sight at those small bodies, that are so close to us that you can actually see them moving across the still starry sky (in an astronomical instrument). And if one of them comes close enough to enter the atmosphere (this was only observed twice before, with 2008 TC3 and 2014 AA), then it would be a dramatic display for observers lucky enough to be able to see it, as it will lead to a wonderful fireball, and potential meteorite hunting!

17 comments

  • True, I was praying to god to save the Earth like crazy!! No asteroid will come, are you serious??!! YAY!!!! THANK JESUS WE GET TO LIVE

    Reply to Jairus Ramos
    • Karl Antier

      Dear kain,

      There is no reason the gravitation can pull it in direction of our planet, and the probability 2016 WF9 hits the Earth tomorrow is… 0%…

      Best wishes,
      Karl

      Reply to Karl Antier
    • Incorrect it’ll pass closer to the moon than it wI’ll to us our gravitational pull will have next to no effect to the asteroid the moon and jupiter however could and if they do they’ll only pull it away from us further or slingshot it into another direction (nowhere near us)

      Reply to Luke
      • Karl Antier

        Dear Luke,

        I do not fully understand your comment, but from what I read and understand, it seems you did not properly read the article.
        2016 WF9 will not pass closer than the Moon, as its closest approach will be 51 millions of kilometers from the Earth, which is… 1/3 of the Earth-Sun distance and more than 130 times the Earth-Moon distance!
        And as you see, the doomsday was predicted on February 16th, and today is 19th, and it seems everybody is OK… Or at least, no one has been killed by an asteroid impact or a giant tsunami.

        Best wishes,
        Karl

  • Ughh I’m sucha paranoid, I can’t stop worrying about tomorrow . Is this true I’m fricken scared here 🙁 !! wish I didn’t read about it After seeing on the internet?! . everywhere it’s saying earth going get hit ? Please tell me it’s not true ! I’m also hydroelectric I believe everything I read/see. 🙁

    Reply to Cola
  • Ughh I’m sucha paranoid, I can’t stop worrying about tomorrow . Is this true I’m fricken scared here !! wish I didn’t read about it After seeing on the internet?! . everywhere it’s saying earth going get hit ? Please tell me it’s not true ! I’m also hydroconreact I believe everything I read/see.

    Reply to Cola
    • Karl Antier

      Sorry for the late answer, Cola, but as you see, nothing happened 48h ago…
      So, as we insured people, there was no reason to be worried about anything! 😉

      Best wishes,
      Karl

      Reply to Karl Antier
  • Will it hit earth at all? Im seriously crying and scared. Im pregnant and im scared that i won’t even be able to hold my baby around September. There are many theories and i don’t know what to believe

    Reply to Smith
    • Karl Antier

      Again, sorry for the late answer Smith, but I hope the previous answers helped you realizing there was nothing to worry about!
      And as you can see today, we were right about that! 😉

      Best wishes,
      Karl

      Reply to Karl Antier
  • Whoever believed this is stupid and a sheep. It was just yet another false flag to see how the public would react. Dr Dyomin Damir Zakharovich never even existed until just recently anyways.

    Reply to Jacob
    • Karl Antier

      Dear Jacob,

      Unfortunately, it’s sometimes hard for some people that are no-scientific to make the pro and the cons from the news that sometimes appear for unknown reasons on the Internet, whether they prove to be exact or completely false…
      This is why we made a short note on this one, hoping it would help the few that would have the real interest in knowing what was (not) going on. But even then, they need to trust us, which is sometimes harder compared to someone who would be named Dr Dyomin Damir Zakharovich, which looks too perfect for a scientist name to be real 😉

      Best wishes,
      Karl

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