A giant asteroid will fly near Earth in April

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A large and potentially dangerous asteroid is ready to fly past Earth next month. Despite the associated fears, the space guest poses no threat to the inhabitants of our planet, but can even help modern science to replenish new information about the structure of such objects. At the moment the asteroid flying on us is known as OR2 from 1998 and has a diameter of about 4 kilometers. How exactly did astronomers manage to notice the approach of an asteroid, and why is the 1998 OR2 object considered dangerous when it isn't at all right now? We already have answers to all of these questions.

Despite its incredible size, the 1998 OR2 asteroid poses no threat to the earth

Asteroid near Earth

A giant asteroid flying to Earth at incredible speed will approach our planet on April 29, 2020. The diameter of a strong cosmic stone is approximately 1.8 to 4.1 kilometers, which corresponds to the approximate size of the American island of Manhattan.

Yes, if an asteroid the size of Manhattan falls on our planet, we cannot

If an asteroid of this size crashed to the ground, which some panicked media are already screaming about, the explosion caused by the fall of this giant stone could cause the mass extinction of our planet's life and repeat the scenario that caused the death of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago . To our great relief, the orbit of an approaching asteroid does not include its passage in the zone of gravity of our planet, which excludes the possibility of a collision with a spacewalker. Even at the crucial moment of the closest approach, which will be around 1 p.m. Moscow time, the 1998 OR2 asteroid will be approximately 6.3 million kilometers from Earth, more than 16 times the average distance between Earth and moon corresponds.

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Potentially dangerous asteroid

Although NASA officially classified the 1998 OR2 asteroid as "potentially dangerous", the distance between us guarantees the absolute safety of humanity. By ranking the asteroid in the rank of dangerous objects, NASA only wanted to show that the object fulfills certain criteria in the general classification system of the space agency. According to NASA, asteroids are considered "potentially dangerous" if their orbit crosses the orbit of our planet at a distance of less than 7.5 million kilometers. And, as mentioned above, the 1998 OR2 asteroid will fly approximately 6.3 million kilometers from Earth. So according to NASA criteria, this asteroid is really dangerous, but due to the safe trajectory, we are not in danger.

1998 OR2 is considered one of the largest potentially dangerous asteroids of the existing one. Read about one of them in our material.

Asteroid is approaching Earth

Scientists found out that a giant asteroid is flying towards us from images taken with the Elan telescope. The images presented to the public by the agency show a potentially dangerous asteroid 1998 OR2 on March 16, 2020 in the night sky, writes lifecience.com. Since the asteroid is far away from us at the moment, it looks like a small white dot under the same small stars.

Asteroid 1998 OR2 in the picture

The 1998 OR2 asteroid orbits the Sun between the orbits of Earth and Mars and will not return to Earth until May 2031. Then it is almost three times further away from us than it is currently. According to preliminary calculations by NASA, the next time we will be up to 19 million kilometers away from the asteroid. It is therefore unlikely that we will notice it with the naked eye.

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The spacecraft's next two arrivals will continue in 2048 and 2062, and the maximum possible approach of the asteroid to Earth will not take place until April 16, 2079, when it will be 1.8 million kilometers away from us. However, even such an approach is unlikely to be dangerous for the inhabitants of planet Earth. A much more dangerous event could occur as early as 2036 when the asteroid Apophis, discovered in 2004, appears near Earth. Despite the fact that the possibility of hitting a 325-meter stone is currently considered unlikely, there is still a likelihood that an uninvited guest will fall to the ground. In this article, you can read about the consequences of a large asteroid falling on our planet.

In general, they will fly past us in the coming years:

2021 – Asteroid 2008 KV2 (48 million km, 330 meters in diameter);
2022 – Didymos asteroid (10.9 million km, 165 meters in diameter);
2023 – Asteroid 2018 LF16 (22,000 km, 200 m diameter);
2024 – Asteroid 1979 XB (unknown distance, 900 meters in diameter);
2025 – Asteroid FT3 (distance unknown, 340 meters diameter).

As you can see, at least a little every year, but we are in danger. But in the spring of 2020, we shouldn't worry about dangerous asteroids because we're at risk of a corona virus to stop what is better not to leave the house.

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