Majed Abu Zahira, president of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, denied what was being discussed about the possibility of the asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) colliding with the globe in late April 2020.
In a statement, the astronomical society in Jeddah said, “The rumors that the asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) collided with the globe next April are unfounded.”
Abu Zahira pointed out: “The asteroid, which is between 1.6 and 4 kilometers wide, will fly near our planet on Wednesday, April 29 at 11:56 AM, Kingdom time from 6,290,589 kilometers, which means that it will be far away, very faint, not seen by the naked eye, and it will pass safely as it moves at a speed of 31,319 kilometers Hourly. ”
He added: “If we assume that the asteroid (1998 OR2) is in a collision course, it is large enough to cause global damage, and that it will be monitored.”
And Abu Zahira said: “The asteroid was classified as a potentially dangerous object because it will pass near the Earth’s orbit and not because it will collide with Earth and is not currently included in NASA’s list of objects that may collide with Earth in the future.”
And he added: “If we assume that this asteroid is in a way to collide with the Earth, it would have raised the risk percentage on the (Turin) scale, and the calculations were made to determine the location of its potential collision and launched warning and emergency programs worldwide, but this did not happen.”
He stressed that 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.