Asteroid over three times the size of Big Ben to hurtle past Earth next week



A HUGE asteroid is set to skim past Earth next week.

The space rock is on Nasa's 'Earth Close Approaches' list and could measure up to 1017 foot.

That would make it three times as big as Big Ben and almost as tall as The Shard.

It's called Asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) and will be heading past Earth next Wednesday on June 24.

The large space rock is estimated to come as close as 2.3 million miles away from our planet.

Any fast moving space object that comes within around 4.65 million miles is considered to be "potentially hazardous" by cautious space organisations.

Asteroid 441987 (2010 NY65) is set to pass us in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Nasa is expecting a flyby at around 06:44 UTC.

It will be travelling at around an impressive 28,000 miles per hour.

The asteroid is 15 times bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which exploded over Russia back in 2013.

Its impact smashed windows and injured more than 1,000 people.

Experts did not predict the impact, sparking concern that Earth could be surprised with a more devastating incident in the future.

Head image grab: thesun.co.uk

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