A huge asteroid is set to pass Earth on April 29, 2020. While it’s going to be a big astronomic experience for people all across the world, there’s no threat to Earth from the asteroid. It is set to pass safely amid a lot of excitement and cheers building among both the scientists and amateur astronomers who are looking out for this experience. Also Read - Killer Asteroid is Coming Towards Earth: 'Finally Some Good News,' Twitter Makes Fun
As mentioned in some research reports, the asteroid is a mile wide – 1.8 km and around 4.1 km big. As of now, the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome has announced a free online public viewing of the asteroid on April 28. However, the plan might get cancelled amid the spread of the coronavirus across the world, especially in Italy, the US and Europe. Also Read - Asteroid, Nearly as tall as Burj Khalifa, to Whiz Past Earth Today, Warns NASA
Classified as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid, this one named Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 will pass at some 4 million miles. The distance – 6 million km – is measured equal to 16 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. The researchers at Puerto Rico will study this asteroid from April 8 to 24. The speed of the asteroid has been measured as 19,461 miles per hour which rounds up to around 31,320 km per hour. Also Read - Elon Musk Predicts Asteroid Will Hit Earth, 'we Currently Have no Defence'
Apart from Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2, the other asteroids which are set to pass Earth in the future are Apophis which is predicted to come very close to Earth in 2029, Asteroid (415029) 2011 UL21 which is set to pass the Earth slightly farther than (52768) 1998 OR2 in June 2024.
The asteroid that’s now set to pass the Earth was first spotted on July 24, 1998, in Hawaii.