The asteroid 1998 OR2 will approach Earth at dawn on Wednesday April 29 and you can follow it live. On the occasion of this astronomical event, NASA convened a meeting of experts to discuss and transmit to the public what is known about the “visit” of this object.
The space rock is between 1.8 and 4.1 kilometers in diameter and will approach our planet at a distance of 6.2 million kilometers. These are characteristics that place it in the category of “potentially dangerous” but they do not necessarily carry an impact risk, according to NASA’s Near Earth Objects (NEO) classification.
Arecibo Observatory captures radar images of Asteroid 1998 OR2, a space rock of at least 2 km, that will pass safely through the vicinity of Earth on April 29. Sky enthusiasts are already capturing it in 6 “telescopes. See more: https://t.co/Gfe1SvXARt pic.twitter.com/yCvwDvM01m
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April 23, 2020
With data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the space astronomy channel Googlevesaire broadcasts the passage of the asteroid 1998 OR2 live.
What time does the asteroid pass?
It was announced that its closest approach to Earth will be at 06.56 (Argentina time) on April 29, 2020.
How to see the passage of the asteroid 1998 OR2?
Since the asteroid will pass 16 times the distance from the Moon, long-range telescopes will be required to observe the large object, which could be visualized as a star traveling slowly through the Earth’s sky, although its speed is greater than 31,000. kilometers per hour.
To locate the object, the page “The sky live“He made a map of the sky in real time, where you can see how the asteroid travels. The visible part is the one that is illuminated by the Sun, as seen in the images released in recent days by observatories.