Huge space rock twice as big as Great Pyramid to zoom past Earth

An asteroid twice as large as the Great Pyramid at Giza will zoom through Earth’s orbit next weekend.

Nasa is keeping tabs on the huge space rock which will pass our planet at a speed of 31,400mph on Sunday, September 6, reports the Daily Star.

It’s classed as a Near-Earth Object, used to describe any comet or asteroid within 1.3. astronomical units (AU) from the Sun.

One AU is the average distance between the Earth and our star.

The asteroid, dubbed 465824 (2010 FR), is between 120m and 270m wide, which is 394ft and 886ft.

NASA’s National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan has previously warned asteroids up to 1km in diameter can initiative a chain of devastating events.

It is classed as an Apollo asteroid, which is an asteroid that crosses the orbit of the Earth, this is in comparison to Amor asteroids that cross the orbit of Mars but not the Earth’s orbit.

According to NASA’s Centre for Near-Earth Objects, the asteroid will pass Earth at 8.08am EST, which is 1.08pm British Standard Time.

Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our planet.

According to Nasa, a NEO is a term used to describe “comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood”.

Earth hasn’t seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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