An asteroid goes LIVE: Updates as a huge space rock passes in front of Earth

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While many Britons are enjoying their breakfast this morning, a huge asteroid will actually make a “close approach” to our planet.

The asteroid, nicknamed 52768 (1998 OR2), will make its closest approach to Earth today at approximately 10.56 am BST, when it is approximately 3.9 million miles from Earth.

Although it may seem far away, it is actually classified as a “close approach” by NASA.

The huge asteroid should be between 1.8 km and 4.1 km in diameter. At the upper end of this estimate, it suggests that the asteroid could be up to five times larger than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa!

While scientists at the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome were to organize an online public visit to this morning’s death, unfortunately, this was postponed due to cloud cover.



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They tweeted, “Our live stream sharing asteroid # 1998OR2 live has been delayed due to cloudy weather. New date / time: April 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m. UTC. ”

However, Mirror Online will bring you live updates as the huge space rock hits Earth this morning.

Alternatively, if you want to learn more about the asteroid before this morning’s death, you can watch a video hosted by Slooh last night here.



The asteroid is estimated to be between 1.8 km and 4.1 km in diameter

Fortunately, the chances of the huge asteroid colliding with Earth are extremely low.

However, NASA has not ruled out the chances of an asteroid collision in the near future.

NASA discovers around thirty new “near-Earth objects” (near-Earth objects) every week and, by early 2019, had discovered a total of more than 19,000 objects.

However, the space agency warned that its NEO catalog is not complete, which means that an unexpected impact could occur “at any time”.


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NASA explained: “Experts estimate that an object the size of the one that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 – about 55 feet (17 meters) – occurs one or two times a century.

“The impacts of larger objects should be much less frequent (on the scale of centuries to millennia).

“However, given the current incomplete nature of the NEO catalog, an unforeseen impact – such as the Chelyabinsk event – could occur at any time. “

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