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Chinese astronomers to relay the movement of an asteroid online

Chinese astronomers will provide an opportunity for ordinary citizens to closely observe a huge asteroid that headed toward Earth on Wednesday, Radio China reports.
Known as 52768 (1998 OR2), the asteroid will fly over our planet at a speed of 8.69 km/h. It can be monitored by live internet users on the microblog “Sina Weibo” and the app “Douyin”. From 8am Beijing time, experts from the observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will monitor and share images of him across both platforms.

Since the beginning of the year, the Observatory has reported many asteroids passing close to Earth. From there, they said they expected on May 1 one of them to approach a distance of 7.05 million km above the Earth's surface.

If the two giant objects hit Earth, it would cause a global catastrophe, said Zhao Haibin, an astronomer from the observatory. “But luckily, when they are closest to Earth, they are at a distance of between 6 and 7 million km, which is 10 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Therefore, they will not strike and cause harm to our planet,” he added.

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