On April 29, the asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 will approach Earth approximately six million kilometers away. Initial images of the object may have been captured and the asteroid appears to have put on a protective mask.
The, which will pass 6.29 million kilometers from the on April 29 at 9:56 a.m. UT (11:56 a.m. Paris time), was observed by the . And this astonishing image, published by researchers at the Arecibo observatory in Chile, seems to be wearing on this occasion … a protective mask. Like what, even the celestial bodies show respect towards the Terrans immersed in confinement.
#TeamRadar and the @NAICobservatory staff are taking the proper safety measures as we continue observations. This week we have been observing near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2, which looks like it’s wearing a mask! It’s at least 1.5 km across and is passing 16 lunar distances away! pic.twitter.com/X2mQJCT2Qg
– Arecibo Radar (@AreciboRadar) April 18, 2020
The 305 meter diameter spherical reflector (the), installed in the north of the island of Puerto Rico, aimed at the small body this Saturday, April 18, 2020, which made it possible to specify the dimensions of the asteroid and to have a more precise idea of its shape. This member of the (i.e. who can approach Earth but whose is entirely external to that of Earth) is about two kilometers wide.
On April 29, the asteroid which measures between 1.5 and 4.1 kilometers and travels at more than 30,000 km / h, will pass to 0.042 astronomical unit of our planet, or 6.3 million kilometers, which is equivalent 16 times the distance between Earth and the Moon.