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The huge “potentially hazardous” asteroid 1998 OR2, which will safely fly by Earth on Wednesday (April 29), appears to have brought its own face mask for its close encounter with our pandemic-ridden planet. 

Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory has been monitoring the asteroid’s approach and recently released new images of the giant space rock, which “appears to know our planet is facing a pandemic,” Arecibo Observatory officials said in a statement. 

“The small-scale topographic features such as hills and ridges on one end of asteroid 1998 OR2 are fascinating scientifically,” Anne Virkki, head of Planetary Radar at Arecibo Observatory, said in the statement. “But since we are all thinking about COVID-19 these features make it look like 1998 OR2 remembered to wear a mask.”

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