Asteroid 1998 OR2's social distancing skills are out of this world.
An asteroid approaching Earth this week appears to be adhering to coronavirus pandemic mandates.
Researchers at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have been following the path of a mile-long asteroid called 1998 OR2 and, while noting interesting aspects of the space rock, they couldn't help but see a resemblance in current personal protective equipment.
"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 the observatory, said in a press release from University of Central Florida. "But since we are all thinking about COVID-19 these features make it look like 1998 OR2 remembered to wear a mask."