Asteroid the size of Great Pyramid of Giza will pass Earth today, NASA warns

An enormous asteroid is set to skim past our planet tonight, NASA has warned.

The asteroid, dubbed 2019 SX5, is estimated by NASA to measure between 62 and 140 metres in diameter.

At the higher end of that estimate, this means the space rock could be as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The space rock will sweep past Earth at 00:07 BST, at which point it will be travelling at a staggering 48,854 miles/hour!

Thankfully, it will be 4.2 million miles away from Earth at that time. While this might sound like a large distance, NASA still classifies the passing as a ‘close approach.’

2019 SX5’s passing comes just days after a swarm of asteroids made a close approach with our planet.

On October 8, seven asteroids passed Earth, including one dubbed 2019 TW1, which measures up to 16 metres in diameter – making it almost twice as big as a London bus!


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