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A Large Asteroid, Almost The Size Of Mount Everest, Will Pass By Earth Next Month: NASA

A Large Asteroid, Almost The Size Of Mount Everest, Will Pass By Earth Next Month: NASA

Thankfully, it is not colliding with Earth, because if it did, the asteroid is large enough to cause 'global effects', NASA said.

An asteroid, said to be almost as big as Mount Everest, is heading towards Earth next month, but scientists have said that it is not expected to collide with us, reported Fox News. The object is predicted to pass by Earth on April 29 and it is estimated to be between 1.1 and 2.5 miles wide. Thankfully, it is not colliding with Earth, because if it did, the asteroid is large enough to cause 'global effects', reported NASA. The asteroid is named 52768 (1998 OR2) and it was discovered in 1998. The cosmic body will pass within 3,908,791 miles of Earth and it is moving at 19,461 miles per hour.



 

 

NASA said in 1998, "Both are classified as 'potentially hazardous objects' because they pass periodically near Earth's orbit." The asteroid was predicted to be a 'potentially hazardous object' because of its close proximity to Earth's orbit. But the good news is that the asteroid is not currently on NASA's list of potential future Earth impact events. The data is gathered and monitored by NASA's Sentry System, which is described as "a highly automated collision monitoring system that continually scans the most current asteroid catalog for possibilities of future impact with Earth over the next 100 years."



 

 

It is indeed one of the large asteroids to pass by Earth on close proximity, but it is definitely not the largest by any means. The largest asteroid to pass by Earth is the asteroid named 3122 Florence that flew by and luckily missed colliding with Earth on September 1, 2017. It will now pass again on September 2, 2057. The asteroid was estimated to measure between two and a half and five and a half miles wide. 



 

 

Meanwhile last month, astronomers had discovered a minimoon in a major scientific breakthrough. Their primary focus is on tracking and discovering near-Earth objects. The mini-moon called 2020 CD3 was spotted in the night sky of February 15th by astronomers Kacper Wierzchos and Teddy Pruyne. Wierzchos shared in a tweet that read, "BIG NEWS. Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object." 



 

 

The team of scientists also compared the size of the asteroid to the size of a washing machine and have also mentioned that the cosmic object is orbiting around the Earth for near about three years now. The last time a mini-moon was captured in Earth's gravity was last year, where a fireball was spotted by Australia's Desert Fireball Network in August 2016 and it is said to have 'fallen from the sky'. 

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