Cosmic Shock: 2-Km-Wide Asteroid To Fly Past Earth Today

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Washington- A two-kilometre-wide “potentially hazardous” asteroid is set to pass by Earth on Wednesday, NASA said, adding that the space rock will pose no danger to our home planet in this fly by.

The asteroid, called 1998 OR2, will make its closest approach at 5.55 a.m. EDT (3.25 p.m. India time).

It will get no closer than 6.3 million kilometres, passing more than 16 times farther away than the Moon, NASA said.

Asteroid 1998 OR2 was discovered by the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in July 1998, and for the past two decades astronomers have tracked it.

NASA said this asteroid poses no possibility of impact for at least the next 200 years.

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