A giant asteroid named 1998 (OR2) will fly past our planet tomorrow. The asteroid will be at a distance of 3.9 million miles (6.3 million kilometers) at its closest point. Stargazers need to keep their telescopes ready as all observatories around the world will plan to catch this event live. However, according to some researchers, the meteor 1998 (OR2) is “potentially harmful” to earth if it were to hit.
But NASA keeps all danger notifications away and gives green light to safety situations. The asteroid is big enough to cause massive destruction, but it will not come to a collision with our planet. So, there is no need for a warning for this giant asteroid. Everyone can watch this galactic event peacefully from their homes.
Asteroid 1998 OR2 poses no threat to our planet, but we can still learn a lot by studying it. Don't miss a special #planetarydefense episode of NASA Science Live this Mon. 4/27 at 3PM EDT to learn about what #asteroids and near-Earth Objects can teach us: https://t.co/tMoV2wwS6g pic.twitter.com/1Ej1roN9mn
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) April 24, 2020
Asteroid 1998 (OR2)
According to NASA, the asteroid measures about 1.15-2.5 miles (4.1 kilometers) in diameter. Asteroid Watch has been keeping a close eye on the 1998 (OR2) rock in a near-orbit field. According to the official reports, the meteor 1998 (OR2) will pass by a distance which is equal to the 16th multiple of the distance between Earth and Moon. NASA appoints any meteoroid which passes at a distance closer than 4.6 million miles as a “potentially harmful” piece of rock. But there is no need to be worried about 1998 (OR2).
Asteroid 1998 OR2 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of 3.9 million miles/6.2 million km on April 29. Astronomers studying the #asteroid with radar are also keeping a safe distance—from each other! Just another day for #planetarydefense https://t.co/32BSc0TkPM
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) April 20, 2020
The piece of rock is currently not visible using any ordinary telescope. The Virtual Telescope Project is currently busy keeping an eye on the asteroid orbital path. The giant rock is currently going through space at a speed of 31,000 km/h. Currently, 1998 (OR2) is not visible to all telescopes due to its distance. But when it passes close to earth tomorrow, everyone will be able to see it.
Livestream will begin by VTP, which consists of robotic telescopes at 6:30 p.m. UTC, or 2:30 p.m. ET, on April 29.
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