A huge asteroid will pass safely Earth on 29 April. Both professional and amateur astronomers are excited to point their telescopes at the huge rock.
Recently, astronomers photographed a huge asteroid dashing through space. It is set to safely pass Earth on 29 April.
The NASA-tracked asteroid, named 52768 (1998 OR2), is at least a mile wide and about 2 1/2 times that big.
But don’t worry though, the space rock won’t hit our planet and it won’t have any effects on Earth. It will whizz by from a distance of about 3.9 million miles.
You May Like This: Is An Asteroid Going To Hit Earth?
The asteroid was first observed by astronomers at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii on 24 July 1998.
Its orbit is known for the next 200 years and its closest approach to our tiny planet in this century and the next will be in 2079 when it’ll pass within a million miles of us.
Both professional and amateur observers are keen to point their telescopes at the huge rock. If you are one of them, you will need at least a 6 or 8-inch telescope to see it moving very slowly.
Astrophysicist Gianluca Masi from the Virtual Telescope Project in Italy has already managed to photograph the asteroid. He snapped the space rock from an incredible distance of about 10 million miles from Earth.
For comparison, the Earth-moon distance is an average of 238,900 miles.