Jeddah astronomer: an asteroid collision with Earth is incorrect


Jeddah – Yasser bin Yousef

The head of the Jeddah Astronomical Society, Eng. Majid Abu Zahira, said that the information spread on social networking sites about the possibility of the asteroid colliding with the asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) in the globe in late April 2020. This coming Wednesday, April 29, from a distance of 6,290,589 km, which means that it will be far away and very faint and not seen by the naked eye and will pass safely as it moves at 31,319 km per hour.

It is reported that the asteroid has been 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 likely to collide with the Earth in the future.

If we assumed that this asteroid was in a way to collide with the Earth, it would have raised the risk level on the (Turin) scale and conducted calculations to determine the location of its possible collision and launched warning and emergency programs worldwide, but this did not happen. Scientifically, there is no large asteroid or comet that will collide with the Earth at any time in the near future. All known asteroids that are potentially dangerous have a weak chance of colliding with the Earth within 100 years to come.


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