The asteroid 1998 OR2 has been supposedly more than a mile-long, also if it were to strike the entire world, it could lead to intense havoc. However, NASA has set all rumors regarding this massive asteroid to rest, and states that it’poses no threat to our world’. The space agency affirms that the asteroid will not come anywhere near a collision, and will pass silently on April 29. The asteroid’s approach could be viewed online or through smaller telescopes, and NASA says that there is a lot that can be learnt by studying it.
The NASA Asteroid Watch Twitter handle confirmed that the asteroid 1998 OR2 will safely pass Earth by 6.2 million kilometers. It calls out a current Daily Express report implying that the asteroid could finish human civilization in case it strikes. NASA states it has issued no warning about this asteroid and says there isn’t any reason to fear. In another tweet, NASA adds,”The orbit is well understood and it will pass harmlessly at 16 times the distance to our moon. No one should have some concern about it.”
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Asteroid 1998 OR2 will safely pass Earth by 3.9 million miles/6.2 million kilometers. A @Daily_Express article implying there is a”warning” about this asteroid is untrue. A complete listing of all asteroid moves is always public at http://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca . Carry on!
In another Facebook article, NASA reiterates that asteroid 1998 OR2 poses no threat to our planet, but we could still learn a lot by studying it. NASA asserts that all objects that fly by Earth within 50 million kilometers are thought of as near-earth objects. What’s more, objects that pass within 8 million kilometers of Earth are studied by NASA to forecast their future path.
Based on NASA quotes, the asteroid is between 1.8 to 4.1 kilometers wide. The asteroid’s approach can be witnessed live via the Virtual Telescope Project that is founded by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi. The flow should begin at 6pm UTC (11.30pm IST) tonight. Space.com states that the asteroid was previously visible through professional telescopes only, but as it approaches nearer to Earth, it might be seen through smaller telescopes too. The space rock is racing through the cosmos at greater than 31,000 kmph.