Asteroid 1998 OR2 is set to fly by our planet tomorrow morning, and while some of you may be afraid 2020 was going to have another sucker punch for us, don’t worry: the asteroid will stay plenty of miles away from our planet.
3.9 million miles, to be exact. While that is a small amount in the perspective of the greater universe, there is a zero chance that the asteroid will hit Earth.
Even more, take ease in knowing that there will be no asteroids that can harm us in the near-future:
“There are no asteroids which have any significant chance of hitting the Earth that are of any significant size,” Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the their Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said during a pre-recorded “NASA Science Live” webcast, “There are none on our list.”
Though some caution is needed as asteroids are often jostled, pulled, and pushed into different trajectory paths by gravitational pulls and other influences, so tracking them can be difficult. However, these kinds of events are very, very rare.
So for now, no need to gather Bruce Willis and his team of oil drillers to lead a mission to save Earth. Sorry, Bruce.
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