This giant asteroid will fly by planet Earth!

WION Web Team
New York, New York, United States of America Published: Apr 29, 2020, 02:01 PM(IST)

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It's the largest asteroid expected to zip by Earth within the next two months.

An asteroid will fly by Earth on Wednesday, but it's not expected to collide with our planet. It is estimated to be 1.2 miles wide.

The asteroid is called 52768 (1998 OR2), and it was first spotted in 1998. On April 29, it will pass within 3,908,791 miles of Earth, moving at 19,461 miles per hour.

The flyby is expected to occur at 5:56 a.m. ET, according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. They have been tracking this particular asteroid for 20 years, according to NASA.

If it did impact Earth, the asteroid is "large enough to cause global effects," according to NASA, back when the asteroid was first discovered.

The asteroid was classified as a potentially hazardous object because it's bigger than 500 feet and comes within 5 million miles of Earth's orbit. 

It's the largest asteroid expected to zip by Earth within the next two months.

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