Publications and social media circulated publications that confirm that there is a giant asteroid that will hit the Earth during the coming period, and based on the national role that the Institute plays the Institute for Astronomical Research, it denies the rumor and refutes it with the following report.
Dr. Gad Al-Qadi, head of the National Institute of Astronomical and Geophysical Research, confirmed in a statement that, according to observations and global astronomical calculations, an asteroid is almost the size of Mount Everest called 52768 (1998 OR2), the asteroid is scheduled to pass on Earth on April 29 at 09:56 GMT, at which point it will be 3.9 million miles from our planet, or about 16 times the distance between Earth and the Moon – and it moves at a speed of about 8.7 kilometers per second or 19461 miles per hour (31320 kilometers per hour). He also stressed that there is no danger to the planet and its inhabitants, and we assure all citizens.
It is worth noting that this asteroid was first seen in 22 years and its orbit is well known and there is no chance of a collision at least during the next two centuries or so, according to the predictions of its path of rotation in space as expected by the global space agencies, including NASA.
It is also worth noting that the National Institute of Astronomical and Geophysical Research, through its researchers and the Kattameya astronomical view, had discovered 12 variable stars during the period from 2013 to 2018 and they were registered in the global astronomical databases on behalf of Egypt and the Katameya Observatory.
The institute appealed to all Egyptian citizens not to be led behind these rumors. Also, the institute, through official communication channels, opens its doors to answer any questions related to these astronomical phenomena. Welcome citizens to visit the main institute in Helwan or the Kattameya Astronomical Observatory and learn about scientific and research activities (astronomy and geophysics) and its role in community service.