First Images Of ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ On Earth Close Approach Revealed; How To Watch It Fly By

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Images Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid On Earth Close Approach

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A few weeks back we brought to your attention Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), a behemoth of a space rock that is expected to make a relatively close pass by Earth near the end of the month of April.

According to NASA, Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) is somewhere between 0.9 miles and 2.54 miles in diameter. By comparison, the ominously nicknamed “Colossal God of Chaos” asteroid, 99942 Apophis, is “only” around 0.4 miles wide.

Now, thanks to astrophysicist Gianluca Masi of the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, we have our first look at the monstrous rock.

Asteroid 1998 OR2, once it gets to its closest point with Earth on the morning of April 29th, will be bright enough for small telescopes to view it, according to Masi.

“We continue observing the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2), while it slowly prepares its flyby with our Earth, coming as close as 6.3 millions of kilometres [3.9 million miles] next month,” states Masi.

Dr. Masi also told Express.co.uk that The Virtual Telescope will livestreaming the asteroid’s flyby of Earth for free beginning at 1 p.m. EST on April 28th.

And while 3.9 million miles doesn’t sound like its very close, orbital diagrams from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory provide a better perspective of just how close Asteroid 1998 OR2 will come to Earth.

Images Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid On Earth Close Approach

NASA-JPL


Images Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid On Earth Close Approach

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Images Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid On Earth Close Approach

NASA-JPL


Images Of Potentially Hazardous Asteroid On Earth Close Approach

NASA-JPL


Masi, however, assures everyone that it will not make any contact with our planet.

Fingers crossed.

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