Mount Everest sized giant asteroid will fly by very close to Earth on April 29,2020. Speculation in social media and doomsday prediction, it is not going to hit the earth.
Asteroid named 52768 (1998 OR2), its is about 2.5 miles wide and will be within 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) of our planet. Its closest approach to earth will still be 16 times further away than the moon from the earth. According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, the flyby is expected to occur at 5:56 am. ET (3:26 pm IST) on Wednesday. Although the 1998 OR2 has been classified as a potentially hazardous object due to its close approach to earth, it will not cause any collision.
How to watch Asteroid Fly-by from Earth?
From the Analysis the distance at which the Asteroid 1998 OR2 is expected to fly-past earth, it will be invisible to the naked to the human eyes. In order to view the asteroid from the earth, one would need at least a 6-inch or 8-inch telescope and clear skies. Virtual Telescope Project in Rome will also be live-streaming the fly-by of Asteroid online. You can click here to reach the website from where you can watch the asteroid fly-by on your computer or smartphone.
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The distance between Earth and Moon is nearly 3,85,000 km. As compared to that the asteroid 1998 OR2 will be around 16 times further from Earth. By definition, any object that comes within 19.5 times the distance of Earth and Moon are classified as ‘Potentially Hazardous’ by NASA.
It was detected by NASA in 1998, which is why it is named 1998 OR2. This meteorite 1998 OR2 will return to the solar system after 59 years from today i.e. in the year 2079.