This meteorite body will return to the solar system after 59 years from today i.e. in the year 2079. As per the inputs provided by Flavian Vendity, a specialist at the Arabico Observatory, that in 2079 it could prove to be dangerous because then its distance from the Earth would be just 3.5 times. That is, it is necessary to inspect and study its orbit because it can become a big threat to the earth anytime in future.
|Virtual picturization of asteroid 1998 OR2 passing the Earth|
According to NASA, it will be quite closer when it passes the Earth. But what does this closer passage actually mean? If you try understand in astronomical terminology, it will also be 16 times the distance of the Earth and the Moon. The distance between the earth and the moon is about 3 lakh miles. That is, the asteroid will pass about 48 lakh miles away, but despite this it is said to be passing close, it is really amazing to hear. The question must be arising in your mind that how close and how far it is.
This asteroid is very large in size. It is at least one mile wide or 1.8 km in size and is as vast as 4.1 km based on the Earth's sky counts. NASA Asteroid Watch reiterated that although this asteroid can cause a potentially dangerous effect on Earth, it is very likely that it will have a direct impact on Earth or on Earth.
Inputs by - Amritanshu Vajpayee
Research Scholar, AGCA, India.
Compiled by - Swapnil Rastogi