Large asteroid 1998 OR2 to flyby Earth at 16.36 LD on April 29

Large asteroid 1998 OR2 to flyby Earth at 16.36 LD on April 29

A large asteroid designated 1998 OR2 is expected to flyby Earth at 16.36 LD / 0.04205 AU (6.2 million km / 3.9 million miles) at 09:56 UTC on April 29, 2020.

1998 OR2 was discovered at Haleakala in Hawaii on July 24, 1998, by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) program.

The object belongs to the Amor group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 1.8 and 4.1 km (1.1 miles to 2.5 miles).

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1998 OR2 will pass within 6.2 million km (3.9 million miles) of Earth at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 8.70 km/s at 09:56 UTC on April 29.

Although NASA classifies asteroids that approach within less than 7.5 million km (4.6 million miles) of Earth as "potentially hazardous", it said there is nothing to worry about. "The orbit is well understood and it will pass harmlessly," NASA said.


Asteroid 1998 OR2 at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS 

Featured image credit: Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF


Jamal Shrair 4 months ago

THE COMPANION OF OUR STAR IS THROWING THESE COMETS AND DEBRIS TOWARD THE INNER PART OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM. Now we have 4 Comets in the sky - Comet Atlas, Comet Panstaars, Comet SWAN and comet NEOWISE. C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), or Comet NEOWISE is a retrograde, long-period comet discovered on March 27, 2020 by the NEOWISE space telescope. It is a red comet and it will pass closest to the sun on July 3, 2020. On the other hand, our old friend, Comet Atlas even though it is fragmented, 5 Objects of it are still being tracked, C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), C/2019 Y4-A (ATLAS), C/2019 Y4-B (ATLAS), C/2019 Y4-C (ATLAS) and C/2019 Y4-D (ATLAS). Current reported magnitude of Comet ATLAS is M 9-11.

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