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Massive 'Mask-Wearing' Asteroid to Pass Earth on Wednesday

Massive 'Mask-Wearing' Asteroid to Pass Earth on Wednesday

The image of an asteroid that will pass near the Earth at the end of this week suggests that the universe may have a dark sense of humor as if the rock body is wearing a face mask.

The photo was reportedly taken by scientists observing potential threats to our planet through the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The asteroid, named "Asteroid 1998 OR2", has a diameter of about 1.1 to 2.5 miles and is considered "potentially dangerous" because of its considerable size and its near-Earth orbit.

When the asteroid passes the planet on Wednesday, it will, fortunately, be about four million miles away, so we are not in danger here on Earth. Regarding its unique appearance, Anne Virkki explained that the "occultation" seen on the rock is actually "small-scale topographic features such as hills and ridges". Since we are all thinking about COVID-19, these features make it look as if OR2 had thought of wearing a mask in 1998". And fortunately, it seems to practice social distancing as it sweeps through our heavenly neighborhood.

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