Asteroid Named 1998 OR2 To Make Close Approach To Earth Soon (Representational Image) (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)
An asteroid identified as 52768 (1998 OR2), which is capable of ending human civilisation, is likely to make a close approach to Earth on April 29 this year. According to NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, asteroid 1998 OR2 measures somewhere around 2.5 miles (4.1km) across. Yes, you read it right. The data collected by NASA suggests that the approaching asteroid will close-in on our home planet at the speed of about 8.7km per second or 19,461mph (31,320kmh).
At its closest, asteroid 1998 OR2 – a potentially hazardous space rock - will visit Earth from a distance of about 0.04205 astronomical units on April 29. Importantly, one astronomical unit measures the distance between Earth and the Sun – about 93 million miles (149.6 million km). This means the space rock will safely miss the Earth by about
Asteroid 1998 OR2 was first spotted flying around the Sun in 1987 and NASA confirmed it’s orbit on June 30, 1987. Later, the space rock was classified as a NEO or near-Earth object.
Recently, NASA's Artificial Intelligence (AI) detected 11 asteroids that pose danger to Earth. Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. Asteroids frequently visit Earth’s neighbourhood as our planet’s gravitational forces affect them. Asteroids can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic.
Asteroids, if hit Earth, can bring tsunamis, shock waves and flattening winds that could be catastrophic. The space rocks approach towards the Earth due to the gravitational forces that affect them. It is said that one day all life on the Earth will be extinct. Not only life, but the Earth will also extinct someday and an asteroid could be the possible reason. Shocked to hear that? However, a car-sized asteroid slams into the Earth's atmosphere about once in a year. On the other hand, an asteroid large enough to threaten the existence of life on Earth arrives once every few million.
Last year, many giant asteroids including 2019 OK, 2019 OD, 2015 HM10, 2019 OE, 2019 NN3, 2019 MB4, 2019 MT2, 2006 QV89, 2016 NO56M, RF12, and others approached towards the Earth, fortunately, did not hit our planet.