Watch Asteroid 1998 or2 in a live webcast on 28th April 2020 at 18:00 UT/1130 PM IST courtesy: the Virtual Telescope Project.

A” potentially hazardous “classified asteroid by NASA which is between 1.8 and 4.1 kms long hurtling at a speed of over 31, 000 kmph will pass close to the Earth, 16.2 million kms away. 

While dismissing all reports of the asteroid of hitting our planet and coming in a collision path the space agency has said that there is no cause for alarm and panic and the human civilization and our planet is not at a risk. The asteroid will pass by safely. NASA has mentioned that such “global environment catastrophes” and phenomenon when the human life and our planet is at a risk occurs several times per million years on an average. 

The live feed will start on 28th April 2020 at 1800 UTC /2:00 PM EDT today on April 28th.

This space rock is called called 52768 (1998 OR2) based on the year of its discovery, but it won’t strike Earth although it will come within 3.9 million miles or 6.2 million kilometres at its closest when it arrives on April 29th.

Such large asteroids like 1998 OR2 are rarely known to strike Earth but can cause catastrophic damage if they do.  The NASA scientists said they have not issued any warning as this phenomenon does not warrant a warning. 

The Virtual Telescope Project is a remote observatory founded by astrophysicist Gianluca Masi, of the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy, and has been following this asteroid for a month and also releasing its images at periodic intervals.

This is visible through professional telescopes but can however be seen by amateur astronomers through smaller telescopes once it comes closer.

According to the estimate by NASA the asteroid is between 1.1 miles and 2.5 miles (1.8 to 4.1 kilometers) wide.

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