Massive Asteroid 1998 OR2 to zoom past Earth on Tomorrow

Massive Asteroid 1998 OR2 to zoom past Earth on Tomorrow, Astronomers believe this asteroid displays no signs of potentially moving near to Earth within at least the next few decades.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 28, 2020 16:04 IST

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An Orbit near Earth

The asteroid, almost the height of Mount Everest, will fly by Earth on April 29, which is to say tomorrow at a pace of around 19,461 miles an hour. Identified the 52768 (1998 OR2), it is calculated that the asteroid measures up to 2,5 miles long. The flyby is scheduled to occur at 5:56 am, according to NASA's Near-Earth Body Studies Center. Wednesday, ET (3:26 pm 1ST). The 1998 OR2 has been classified as a potentially hazardous object by the space agency because they pass periodically near Earth's orbit (like at least 125 other objects discovered so far).

Reasons to Leave Worries Back

For a long time now, asteroids have whizzed by Earth at a high-speed, but luckily, few of them have done significant harm to our world, at least in recent years. The OR2 from 1998 is a large asteroid. However, it is not going to hit our planet or cause any harm to us, and it is going to perform only a flyby. NASA found this approaching asteroid in observations made with the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) system.

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