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Giant Asteroid 1998 OR2 passing Earth today

Visible through a telescope or watch online

Geraldine Gardner

Geraldine Gardner


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Giant Asteroid passing Earth today

ASTEROID 1998 OR2 will pass within four million miles of Earth today.

Although it is in no danger of colliding with our planet, the 1.5-mile-wide asteroid is classified as 'potentially hazardous'.

The Nasa-tracked rock's orbit is also expected to bring the object within a million miles of Earth in 2079.

Every year, the Earth is hit by about 6,100 meteors large enough to reach the ground - or about 17 every day. Most of them  fall unnoticed, in uninhabited areas.

The fly-by comes just days after a much smaller asteroid, named 2020 HX3, flew past Earth at approximately 157,000 miles. The asteroid, measuring between 11 and 24 metres, skimmed the Earth on Friday, April 24, at a speed of 33,000 mph.

If you have a telescope you might be able to spot the giant rock flies by at 19,461 mph or you can watch live with Virtual Telescope from 6.30pm this evening

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