NASA shares photo of enormous asteroid that’s set to skim past Earth this week

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NASA has shared an incredible photo of an enormous asteroid that’s set to fly past Earth this week. The asteroid, dubbed 1998 OR2, is predicted to measure between 1.8 km – 4.1 km in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate, it means the space rock could be five times bigger than the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world! 1998 OR2 will fly past Earth on Wednesday, and ahead of its passing, scientists from the Arecibo Radar have shared a stunning photo of the space rock. They tweeted the image, writing: “#TeamRadar and the @NAICobservatory staff are taking the proper safety measures as we continue observations. “This week we have been observing near-Earth asteroid 1998 OR2, which looks like it’s wearing a mask! It’s at least 1.5 km across and is passing 16 lunar distances away!”