A massive rock from space has the potential of hitting our planet in April 2020. However, the giant asteroid does not pose a threat to Earth. Although the space rock is potentially hazardous, we are safe from its harm.
The so-called ‘almost a threat’ space rock is dubbed as 1998 OR2. This possibly dangerous rock will travel close to our orbit next month on 29. The massive rock from space measures about 1.1 to 2.5 miles in diameter, but to help you visualize the size of the asteroid, look at the northern segment of Upper Manhattan.
Although this massive asteroid could have a huge impact if it were to hit our planet, experts say that it is not a threat to Earth. Some reports are stating that the massive space rock is going to crash into Earth; however, don’t believe this information. The internet has its way of misinforming the public, but you don’t need to worry. Asteroid 1998 OR2 is not going to crash our planet.
Should we worry about the potentially dangerous asteroid that will whiz by Earth in April?
To calm some of the fear in people, we will give you the statistics. The hazardous asteroid is not going to approach Earth so closely. The astronomical object distance from our planet will be about 3.9 million miles at its highest peak, which means 6.3 million in km.
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Comparing the range of the asteroid with the distance between our planet and our natural satellite will result in less of threat. The asteroid is more than 16 times the average distance between Earth and the moon.
The reasons why NASA decided that this massive asteroid could potentially pose a threat to our planet is due to the scheme that was implemented. Based on the scheme classification, the 1998 OR2 space rock could be a danger to Earth if its trajectory somehow will divert.