New Delhi: A large asteroid of about 4 to 8 meters in size will fly past the earth on Thursday. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the asteroid will fly very close to the Earth at 12:30 am IST on Thursday (3 PM EDT on Wednesday) and the phenomenon will provide astronomers a chance to study the 1.5-mile-wide (2-kilometer-wide) object in complete detail.
The asteroid named 1998 OR2, will fly past at around 36,400 km from earth’s surface and poses no harm to the planet as per its trajectory of travel.
The large asteroid 1998 OR2 was first detected by the near-earth asteroid tracking programme at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in July 1998, hence its name 1998 OR2.
According to NASA, this asteroid poses no possibility of impact for at least the next 200 years. The asteroid’s next fly-by will occur in the year 2079 when it will pass by closer to the earth.
However, the 1998 OR2 is still classified as potentially hazardous asteroid by the NASA because even the minutest of changes in the asteroid’s trajectory may lead to a direct impact with earth.