A massive asteroid called 1998 OR2 will rush to Earth on April 29th, and while the asteroid is big enough to wreak havoc on Earth if it hits our planet, it will not come close to collision when it flies in late April.
According to the American “space” website, scientists on NASA’s “Asteroid Watch” program said in an update on Twitter that on April 29, the 1998 OR2 asteroid will pass safely by 3.9 million miles / 6.2 million kilometers, as it will pass a safe distance that exceeds About 16 times the average distance between Earth and Moon.
They added in another post on Twitter: “There is no warning about this asteroid,” while NASA classifies asteroids That comes within less than 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km) of Earth as “potentially dangerous”, there is nothing to worry about from the 1998 OR2.
While NASA estimates that the asteroid is between 1.1 and 2.5 miles (1.8 to 4.1 km) wide.
“The orbit is well understood, and the asteroid will pass harmlessly at a distance of 16 times to our moon,” the US space agency wrote on Twitter. “No one should have any concern about it.”
The asteroid is also very weak at the moment so that most household telescopes cannot be seen, but it has been visible in larger telescopes for some time.
The Virtual Telescope Project, a distant observatory founded by astrophysicist Gianluca Massi from the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy, has been observing the asteroid for about a month, and periodically releasing new images of space rocks as they race across the universe at a speed of 19,000 mph (31,000 km / h) ).