Social media has reported information about the possibility of the asteroid hitting 52,768 (1998 OR2) On the globe in late April 2020, and that’s untrue.
The Astronomical Society in Jeddah revealed in a report that the asteroid, which is vulnerable between 1.6 and 4 kilometers, will fly near our planet on Wednesday, April 29th at 11:56 AM KSA (8:56 AM GMT) from a distance of 6,290,589 kilometers, which means that it will be far away and very dim Not seen with the naked eye, it will pass safely as it moves at 31,319 km per hour.
The report continued: “If we assume that the asteroid (1998 OR2) In a collision course that is large enough to cause global harm so it will be monitored. “ .
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 listed on NASA’s list of possible future collisions with Earth..
The report added: “If we assumed that this asteroid was in a way to collide with the Earth, it would have raised the risk percentage on the (Turin) scale, and calculations were made to determine the location of its potential 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 Earth at any time in the near future. All known asteroids that are potentially dangerous have a weak chance of colliding with the globe within the next 100 years, In addition to that the sky is monitored around the clock via observatories spread around the world in search of large asteroids that can damage our planet and determine their paths through space, especially those that cross 48,280,320 km 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 dangerous ones on our planet in the future..