An asteroid that’s more than a mile wide is set to pass our planet today, although experts claim that we should not be worried because it doesn’t pose any danger to our home planet.
The space rock is known as (52768) 1998 OR2, and it’s said to come to about at 3.9 million miles away. This is 16 times further than the distance to the Moon.
The asteroid is 1.2 miles-wide
It’s been revealed that The Guardian reported that the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has been tracking the 1.2 mile-wide space rock. NASA spotted the asteroid back in 1998.
This is the asteroid that has experts joking about the fact that it looks as if it is wearing a mask just like the rest of us here on Earth.
This is caused by the debris that’s passing around it.
“The small-scale topographic features such as hills and ridges on one end of asteroid 1998 OR2 are fascinating scientifically,” according to Dr. Anne Virkki, head of planetary radar at the observatory.
She continued and explained, “But since we are all thinking about Covid-19 these features make it look like 1998 OR2 remembered to wear a mask.”
The asteroid is classed as a PHO
It’s also worth noting that the asteroid has been classed as a potentially hazardous object, considering the fact that it’s larger than 140 meters and it’s poised to come within five million miles of Earth’s orbit.
On the other hand, it’s also important to highlight the fact that there’s no known PHO that poses a real danger to the planet. Experts will continue to keep an eye on the space rock.
For now, the dangers for Earth or at least its inhabitants – us humans – remain here on the planet and at the moment, one of the most severe dangers is the global crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.