Nashville, TN - According to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, a giant asteroid expected to fly by Earth at 5:56 a.m. this morning reversed course at the last minute to avoid all contact.
The asteroid, 52768 (1998 OR2), was predicted to pass within 3,908,791 miles of our atmosphere but veered from its trajectory. After further observation, scientists found the 1.2 miles wide object was traveling 19,5000 miles per hour before it came to a complete halt around 4:30 a.m.
Lead scientist, Bart Lancing, told reporters, "Our data shows that the moment 52768 entered our radio/TV broadcast range, it stopped for several minutes then reversed course, traveling twice as fast as it had on approach. We currently have no explanation for this phenomenon."
NASA says they are watching the situation closely and will hold a press conference as soon as they have more to share.
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