First the Pandemic and Now an Asteroid, Yay 2020.
So, yeah, 2020 is the year we will never talk about, ever, in the future. We almost had WW3, Australia was on fire, Kobe Bryant died, COVID-19 moved us all inside, and now, an asteroid will pass close to the Earth. Hip, hip, hooray.
So now that I'm done with the moaning, let's get to the facts. The asteroid known as 1998 OR2, because it was discovered in 1998, will pass about 4 million miles from Earth Wednesday (April 29) morning at 4:46 CDT according to kens5.com. 4 million miles in space terms is extremely close.
Here's why this is considered news worthy, any object that gets as close as 19.5 lunar distances of Earth is considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid by the Center for Near Earth Objects. Will it hit us? No. But it will be close enough to view with a telescope. You can also watch a live stream of it passing by at virtualtelescope.eu.
Happy sky watching friends.