You may have never heard about an asteroid called 2022 OE2. Don’t worry; astronomers just found out about its existence! The space rock is as wide as a skyscraper, which means that you certainly wouldn’t want it landing anywhere near your own backyard.
According to Newsweek, the 2022 OE2 asteroid will pass by our planet this week. In other words, there’s no reason to worry or to hope that the ‘big wiseguy’ will hit us. NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) database reveals the trajectory of the asteroid.
Less than 3.2 million miles away
The asteroid will come closer than 3.2 million miles away from our Earth on Wednesday. Although the distance sounds like nothing to the immensity of the Universe, it still gives us no reason to worry about a collision.
However, we can’t possibly remain unintimidated by the tremendous speed of the 2022 OE2 asteroid. The space rock travels at an incredible velocity of 72,000 mph.
If that’s not intimidating enough, perhaps it will indeed make you feel uncomfortable the fact that astronomers estimate 2022 OE2 to measure somewhere between 170 and 380 meters (558-1,247 feet). The asteroid is even comparable in size to the Empire State Building, as it has about the same height.
Last weekend, our publication found out about two other large space rocks approaching Earth: the ones designated as 2016 CZ31 and 2013 CU83. Luckily enough, both of them passed by our planet without a trace. While 2016 CZ31 measured 122 meters across, the other asteroid reached a length of 183 meters. Both of them would have caused some serious damage if they hit, but it seems that someone up there still loves us.
NASA is keeping an eye on the sky with powerful gears in order to become aware of dangerous space rocks. Hopefully, humanity will be prepared if a “Chicxulub 2.0” will ever pay us an unwanted visit.