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THIS IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF AN ASTEROID HIT EARTH

An enormous asteroid is set to fly past Earth next month, NASA has revealed.

The asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2), is estimated to be 1.8-4.1 kilometres in diameter.

At the higher end of that estimate, it suggests the space rock could be around half the size of Mount Everest!


It’s set to pass Earth on April 29 at 09:56 GMT, at which point it will be 3.9 million miles from our planet.

While that might sound far away, it’s classed as a ‘close approach’ by NASA.

If you have a telescope, you should be able to see the asteroid passing our planet, but if you don’t have one, don’t panic.

The Virtual Telescope Project in Rome will host a free, online public viewing of the asteroid on April 28, 2020, so you can watch the passing here.

The asteroid is set to pass Earth on April 29 at around 09:56 GMT

https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2020/03/06/potentially-hazardous-asteroid-52768-1998-or2-close-encounter-online-observations-28-apr-2020/


Thankfully, the chance of the asteroid colliding with our planet is extremely low.

However, NASA hasn’t written off the chances of an asteroid collision in the near future.

Here a video by nasa showing what will happen to the planet if it get hit by one

 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mirror.co.uk/science/asteroid-half-size-mount-everest-21673498.amp

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