Right now, the world is worried about the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, people are so worried about the virus that even celestial bodies look like they are wearing face masks. Recently, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico shared an image of a 1.5 kilometres wide asteroid that is set to fly by Earth. This asteroid is almost half the size of Mt Everest and amusingly looks like it is wearing a 'face mask'.
#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! pic.twitter.com/X2mQJCT2Qg— Arecibo Radar (@AreciboRadar) April 18, 2020
The above image was shared online by Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico just a few days ago. The team of scientists at the Observatory noticed that the giant asteroid was wearing a 'face mask' just like they were. Soon, this hilarious tweet went viral on Twitter and netizens joked that even the asteroid was afraid of COVID-19.
Even celestial bodies follows social distancing.. When will human understand?— SOUMYA RANJAN (@soumya_tweet) April 24, 2020
According to CNN, the asteroid is named 52768 (1998 OR2). It was first spotted in 1998 and is estimated to pass by Earth on April 29, 2020. According to scientists, the asteroid will pass within 3.9 million miles of Earth, which is approximately the distance between Earth and the moon multiplied by 16. While the asteroid is considered to be a potentially hazardous object, NASA scientists have stated that it is very unlikely that it will ever hit the Earth.