NASA monitors an asteroid that will sway close to Earth, swinging at the knee on Thursday.
The 2008 AG33 space rock is 2,560 feet tall, making it twice the size of the Empire State Building.
Fortunately, it is expected to pass through a safe distance and pose no threat to our planet.
Asteroid has been added to NASA’s ‘Close Close Approach’ Databasewhich tracks thousands of so-called Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rocks are moving at 23,300 miles per hour — 13 times faster than a bullet.
It will launch within about two million miles of Earth – a stone’s throw away in terms of space.
Any fast-moving object located within 4.65 million miles of us is considered a “potential hazard” by vigilant space organizations.
An asteroid was discovered on Thursday in January 2008 by asteroid surveyors at the Mount Lemon Sky Center Observatory in Arizona.
The last pass to Earth was in March 2015. An asteroid passes our planet during its orbit around the Sun about once every seven years.
It is one of more than 2,000 asteroids, comets and other near-Earth objects that are being tracked by experts 24/7.
They are monitored to provide us with early warning if a space rock becomes a collision course with our planet.
Earth hasn’t seen an asteroid of such a horrific scale since the monster that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
However, the smaller ones capable of flattening an entire city would hit the ground every now and then.
A boulder a few hundred meters away destroyed 800 square miles of forest near Tunguska in Siberia on June 30, 1908.
Fortunately, NASA does not believe that any of the NEOs it is observing are on a collision course with our planet.
That could change in the coming months or years, though, as the space agency frequently revises projected trajectories for objects.
Future astronomers could spot a giant boulder they’ve previously hinted to their telescopes, even though NASA believes it’s found 90 percent of potential planet-killers in our vicinity.
“NASA does not know that an asteroid or comet is currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a large collision is extremely small,” NASA says.
“In fact, as best we can tell, it is unlikely that any large object will hit Earth at any time in the next several hundred years.”
Even if one hit our planet, the vast majority of asteroids would not wipe out life as we know it.
“Global catastrophes” only occur when objects more than 0.5 miles in diameter collide with Earth, according to NASA.
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