NASA is tracking an asteroid that will collide with Earth’s orbit on September 6th, passing the planet at a speed of 31,400mph.
The space rock is classed as a Near-Earth Object by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Any comet or asteroid within 1.3. astronomical units from the Sun fits into this category and it does not mean it will harm human life.
The asteroid, dubbed 465824 (2010 FR), is between 120m and 270m wide, which is 394ft and 886ft, and is expected to come into contact with Earth’s orbit on September 6th.
To put this into perspective, the asteroid will be almost twice as big as the Great Pyramid at Giza.
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 66million years ago.