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Mile-wide asteroid will pass near Earth closely Wednesday

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 09:52:30-04

A mile-wide asteroid is going to make an appearance in our night sky on Wednesday, April 29 around 5:56 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

According to EarthSky, The asteroid named 1998 OR2 is estimated to be 4 million miles away from Earth and will not be visible to the naked eye.

Amateur Astronomers can view the asteroid with a 6-inch or 8-inch telescope and will see the asteroid moving very slowly among the stars.

Don’t have a telescope? The Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome will host a free online viewing of the asteroid.

The asteroid will be one of the closest to Earth until 2027 when asteroid 1990 MU will safely pass by Earth at 12 lunar distances.

Asteroid 1998 OR2 won’t pass by Earth again until the year 2079.