NASA has warned a MASSIVE asteroid larger than the Eiffel Tower will plunge into Earth’s orbit later this week.
The space agency has classified the 1,082-foot-long space rock as “potentially hazardous” because it will be 2.4 million miles away on Saturday.
That’s about ten times the distance between the Earth and the moon.
It sounds far-fetched, but scientists say anything within 120 million miles is a “near-Earth object”.
Vehicles traveling rapidly within 4.65 million miles are considered “potentially dangerous”.
This massive galaxy – officially 4660 Nereus – will rush past us at 14,700 mph.
The coffins are constantly watching for countless potential collisions and luckily this one wasn’t expected to hit, so there’s no need to panic.
This is not the first time 4660 Nereus has passed by Earth, the asteroid first discovered in 1982.
After this weekend, it won’t be another visit until March 2, 2031.
It will happen again in November 2050, before actually ending ten years later.
In February 2060, the rock is predicted to be about 0.74 million miles from Earth.
That would put it just three times the distance to the moon.
Given its frequent appearances, experts at NASA and Japan’s space agency considered trying to get a sample from the asteroid, but ultimately decided to do something else.
Earth had a close call with a asteroid, known as 1998 SD9, in October.
NASA has also been busy helping The ISS avoids a possible debris collision by forcing it to deviate 1,000ft.
Last month, the US space agency launch a spacecraft that will eventually crash into an asteroid 11 million miles from Earth next year.
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