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ASTEROID FLYBY : “Will it bring doomsday on earth ?”

The huge asteroid is known as (52768) 1998 OR2 will pass closest on April 29, 2020. To the observers, it will be visible as a slow-moving star. Besides NASA ‘s orbital calculations suggest that the closest approach of about 16.36 lunar distances will occur at 10.56 AM BST. The speed of the rock is estimated to be 8.7 km per second or 19461 mph. The images of this asteroid has been captured by Dr Masi on march 16.

Here ‘s about the huge asteroid that will safely pass Earth in April

A robotic telescope has been used to take pictures of this asteroid.According to the experts, it won’t hit our planet. Infact it won’t have any effects on Earth. Still, both astronomers as well as laymen are equally excited about the upcoming flyby of the asteroid. It is the biggest asteroid to fly by Earth this year coming closest on April 29. Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 will pass close to the earth but at a distance of some four million miles and it will not hit our planet according to NASA.

Though it has been regarded as’ potentially hazardous ‘ there isn’t any chance of collision with Earth. The orbit of this asteroid is well known for at least the next 200 years. Its next approach to Earth will be in 2079. Astronomers at Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico will study asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 from April 8 to 24. This asteroid also is known as the ‘ Doomsday satellite’ is the largest known of all large near-earth objects that will pass less than five times the earth-moon distance over the next two centuries.

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How to detect the asteroid with a small telescope

During its April 2020 pass this asteroid will at no time be bright enough to view with the unaided eye . Sky enthusiasts can use a wide-angle (32 mm or 35mm) eyepiece to point the telescope to a reference star in the asteroid ‘s path. After being assured that the asteroid is pointing at the correct patch of the sky, a 26 mm or 27mm eyepiece is recommended to detect the asteroid’s slow motion.

At its closest NASA said that the space rock will approach the planet from a distance of about 0.00765 astronomical units. NASA said “ as they orbit the sun NEOs can occasionally approach close to Earth.