- SPACE ROCKS Huge 2-Mile Asteroid Will Be Visible from Earth Next Month – And is Deemed ‘Potentially Hazardous’
by Harry Pettit, https://www.thesun.co.uk/
A GIGANTIC asteroid the size of a mountain will careen past Earth next month. Dubbed 1998 OR2, the space rock will be so big that amateur skygazers will be able to spot it as it streaks across the heavens on April 29.
Nasa has classed the object as “potentially hazardous” although experts do not believe it will hit our planet. Instead, OR2 is expected to sail safely past at a distance of around 4million miles – or about 17 times the distance from Earth to the Moon. That may sound like a long way, but it’s close enough that Nasa classes the asteroid as a “Near Earth Object” (NEO). Scientists are keeping a very close eye on it just in case. At up to 2.5 miles long, the asteroid is taller than Japan’s enormous Mount Fuji.