Asteroid 1998 OR2 is a large near earth asteroid passed the earth yesterday. Asteroid OR2 is 1.5 mile wide and was discovered on 24th July 1998 by the astronomers of the NEAT program. The full form of NEAT is Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking. Asteroid OR2 is the brightest and the largest potentially hazardous asteroid.Sponsored Links
After the discovery of the Asteroid OR2, the NEAT team at NASA is tracking it as a result, the orbital trajectory of the Asteroid OR2 precisely understood and depending on the analysis they made can say that for at least up to 200 years there will be no impact with the earth. The next closest approach will be made by the Asteroid OR2 is in the year 2079.
The 998 OR2 is a member of the dynamical Amor group of near-Earth asteroids and thus it does not currently cross Earth’s orbit though it is still categorized as a large “potentially hazardous asteroid” because, over the period of 100 years, very slight changes in the asteroid’s orbit may cause it to present more of a hazard to Earth than it does now.
The Close approaches made by the large asteroids like 1998 OR2 are quite rare. The last close approach made by a large asteroid was asteroid Florence in September 2017. Asteroid Florence is 3-mile-wide (5-kilometer-wide) object zoomed past Earth at 18 lunar distances. This type of asteroids with the great size to fly by our planet this close roughly once every five years.
Because of their great size these asteroids reflect much more light than smaller asteroids hence it makes easier for the scientists to detect with telescopes. The NEAT team at NASA have discovered almost all the near-Earth asteroids of the size of 1998 OR2 or larger and continuously tracking them.Sponsored Links