A large asteroid is set to pass near Earth in April 2020, but there’s no risk that it will hit our planet. Asteroid (52768) 1998 OR2 is the biggest asteroid that’s scheduled to fly by Earth this year and it’s generating a lot of excitement among professional and amateur astronomers.
Although it’s classified as “potentially dangerous,” it has absolutely no chance of colliding with Earth or even affecting our planet in any way. The “potentially dangerous” label is applied by NASA to any asteroid whose orbit intersects the Earth’s orbit at a distance less than 0.05 astronomical units (about 4.6 million miles).
According to Space’s report, the large rock is estimated to have a diameter of 1.1 to 2.5 miles, which is about the width of Manhattan. It’s traveling through space at 19,461 miles an hour, EarthSky reported. The asteroid is set to be at its closest point to Earth on April 29 at 5:56 a.m. Eastern.