The head of the Jeddah Astronomical Society, Eng. Majid Abu Zahira, said that the information spread on social media on the possibility of the asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) colliding with the globe in late April 2020 is false.
Abu Zahira added, “The highly vulnerable asteroid between 1.6 and 4 kilometers will fly near our planet on Wednesday, April 29 at 11:56 AM Saudi time (8:56 AM GMT) from 6,290,589 kilometers, which means that it will be far away and dim Very unnoticed with the naked eye and will cross safely as it moves at 31,319 kilometers per hour. ”
“If we assume that the asteroid (1998 OR2) is in a collision course, it is large enough to cause global damage, so it will be monitored,” the head of the Jeddah Astronomical Society said.
And he added: The asteroid was classified as a potentially dangerous object because it will pass near Earth’s orbit and not because it will collide with Earth and is not currently included in the NASA list of objects that may collide with the Earth in the future.
Abu Zahira said: If we assumed that this asteroid was on its way to collide with the Earth, it would have raised the risk percentage on the Torino scale, and calculations were conducted to determine the location of its potential collision and launched warning and emergency programs worldwide, but this did not happen.
He continued, scientifically, there is no large asteroid or comet that will collide with the Earth at any time in the near future, as all known asteroids that are potentially dangerous have a weak chance of colliding with the globe within the next 100 years.
In addition, the head of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah said: In addition, the sky is monitored around the clock by observatories spread around the world in search of large asteroids that can damage our planet and determine its paths through space, especially those that cross 48,280,320 kilometers from Earth by using terrestrial and space telescopes. .
It is worth noting that the program for monitoring near-Earth objects detects these objects and determines their physical nature and predicts their paths to determine whether there could be a risk to them on our planet in the future.
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