A huge sized asteroid will pass relatively close to Earth on April 29, which is estimated to be at least 1.5 kilometres wide. As per sources, Asteroid 52768 is the biggest asteroid to fly by earth. The closest approach will be April 29 around 5:56 a.m. It will pass within 3.9 million miles of Earth which is 16 times the distance between earth and the moon.
The asteroid is nearly half the size of Mt Everest and it has created a huge buzz online. Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico captured some images of the astronomical object and said it looks like wearing a face mask.
The asteroid was first spotted in 1998. The Arecibo Observatory snapped a radar image of the asteroid. The team of scientists and telescope operators tweeted the image of the asteroid in a hilarious way.
“#TeamRadar and the @NAICobservatory staff are taking the proper safety measures as we continue observations. This week we have been observing near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2, which looks like it’s wearing a mask!”
“The small-scale topographic features such as hills and ridges on one end of asteroid 1998 OR2 are fascinating scientifically,” said Anne Virkki, the head of planetary radar at Arecibo Observatory.
Professional observatories have been pointing their telescopes at the huge space rock already. Amateur astronomers with smaller telescopes will also have an opportunity to see it as a slow-moving “star.”