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The asteroid 52768 (1998 OR2) is expected to pass near Earth in less than an hour, as the asteroid will approach Earth at about 10:56 GMT today, or around 11:56 am Cairo time, to be about 3.9 million miles from Earth.

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According to the British Mirror website, although this distance may be far, it has already been classified as an “imminent danger” by NASA, while the huge asteroid is estimated to be measuring between 1.8 and 4.1 kilometers in diameter, and at the higher end of this estimate, it indicates That the asteroid can reach five times the size of the largest building in the world, Burj Khalifa.

While scientists from the Virtual Telescope project in Rome were to host an online public view of the asteroid’s passage this morning, unfortunately this was postponed due to cloud coverage.

Fortunately, the chances of a huge asteroid colliding with Earth are very low, but nevertheless, NASA has not ruled out the chances of an asteroid colliding in the near future, and NASA discovered about 30 new objects close to Earth (NEOs) every week, and in the beginning of 2019 it discovered more From 19,000 objects.

However, the Space Agency warned that the catalog of near-Earth objects was incomplete, which meant that an unexpected effect could happen at any time, and NASA explained: “Experts estimate that the effect of an object the size of an object that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. – About 55 feet (17 meters) tall – occurs once or twice a century.

“Effects of larger bodies are expected to be less frequent (over centuries to thousands of years), however, due to the incompleteness of the current NEO catalog, an unexpected effect – such as the Chelyabinsk event – could occur at any time.”

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