What Do We Know About The ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid

The only thing we need amidst this crazy outbreak is NASA informing us about an asteroid. An asteroid classified potentially hazardous to earth. One that is used by the conspirators and misinformed media reports to spread anew fear among people. Fear that the April of 29TH, 2019, is going to be the last time people of Earth are going to see the sun. Let me tell you this… it couldn’t be more wrong.

It poses no threat to Earth. The Asteroid 1998 OR2 is going to make a close approach to Earth on April 29TH at about 5:56 a.m. EDT (0956 GMT). The asteroid is going to be about 3.9 million miles away from the surface of the earth. Which makes it about 6.3km if you’re more of a metric-system person.

You shouldn’t worry about it hitting the earth because 3.9 million miles translates to about 16 times the average distance between Earth and Moon. From the naked eye, it will be visible as a star, amongst other stars, drifting swiftly through the sky.

Now the thing about it being ‘potentially hazardous’. NASA has classified it as hazardous. Not on the basis that it is going to wipe out humanity. But because it qualifies all the properties for being classified as potentially hazardous. That is, the space rock has an estimated diameter of 1.1 to 2.5 miles ( 1.8 to 4.1 km). Which, not to exaggerate in any way, is pretty big. Imagine a 1.8km wide rock ablaze, falling through the sky towards you. Fortunately, that’s just an imagination.

Another thing that classifies it hazardous is when it’s orbit over intersects Earth’s orbit at a distance less than 4.6 million miles (7.5 million km), the average distance between earth and sun.

This asteroid normally orbits the sun. And it won’t fly by earth again until May 18, 2031. During which time it will be 19 million km away from Earth. The next flyby is going to happen in 2048 and then in 2062. Finally, one of its closest flybys is going to happen in 2079, on April 16th, when it will be only 1.8 million km away from Earth.

And there you go. That’s the basics of the asteroid that is going to fly y earth on April 29th this year. The good thing is that the giant space rock is not going to wreak havoc on earth anytime soon now. However, it is going to be an awesome experience passing by the earth. Make sure you plan a countryside picnic on the eve of April 29th and keep an eye on the sky when the clock starts ticking at 5:30 EST.

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