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Asteroid the size of Mount Everest flying by Earth next month?!

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An asteroid half the size of Mount Everest is heading towards Earth, but scientists say to not worry.

Asteroid Larger Than Mount Everest

The asteroid, called 52768 (1998 OR2), is 1 to 2.5 miles wide and is estimated to pass within 3,908,791 miles, moving at a speed of 19,461 miles per hour.

The asteroid was discovered by NASA in 1998, 22 years ago, and is said to be “large enough to cause global effects” that is if it were to hit Earth.

The flyby of 52768 is expected for Wednesday, April 29 around 4:56 A.M., and according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies that tracks Near-Earth Objects (NEAT) that could collide with Earth.

The asteroid orbits the sun every 1,340 days, or 3.67 years and completes a rotation on its axis every 4.11 days

For more information about asteroid 52768 visit: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8071167/Asteroid-size-Mount-Everest-set-fly-Earth-month-not-expected-hit-us.html

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