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Incredible photo shows enormous asteroid as it skimmed past Earth

The asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2), made its closest approach to Earth at around 10:56 BST yesterday, at which point it was around 3.9 million miles from Earth

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  • 08:16, 30 APR 2020
  • Updated 10:16, 30 APR 2020

An incredible photo has revealed the moment that an enormous asteroid flew past Earth yesterday, missing our planet by around 3.9 million miles.

The asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2), made its closest approach to Earth at around 10:56 BST yesterday, at which point it was around 3.9 million miles from Earth.

While this might sound far, it’s actually classed as a ‘close approach’ by NASA.

The enormous asteroid is estimated to measure between 1.8km – 4.1km in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate, it suggests the asteroid could be up to five times as big as the world’s biggest building, the Burj Khalifa!

Scientists from the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome hosted a live stream of the asteroid last night, showing the space rock as it flew through the night sky.

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