NASA say enormous asteroid will pass 'very close' to Earth tomorrow


A gigantic asteroid will pass 'very close' to our planet tomorrow, but NASA boffins say it won't collide with Earth

The 2,000-foot-wide asteroid, called 2014-JO25, will pass just over a million miles from the Earth's surface tomorrow, the closest a bit of space rock this big has come to the planet in 13 years.

However, NASA have reassured the world that this encounter won't be a danger to any of us.

A NASA statement said: 'Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid of this size.

'This upcoming close approach is the closest by any known asteroid of this size, or larger, since asteroid Toutatis, a 3.1-mile (five-kilometer) asteroid, which approached within about four lunar distances in September 2004. The next known encounter of an asteroid of comparable size will occur in 2027 when the half-mile-wide (800-meter-wide) asteroid 1999 AN10 will fly by at one lunar distance, about 236,000 miles (380,000 kilometers).

'The April 19 encounter provides an outstanding opportunity to study this asteroid, and astronomers plan to observe it with telescopes around the world to learn as much about it as possible. 

'The encounter on April 19 is the closest this asteroid has come to Earth for at least the last 400 years and will be its closest approach for at least the next 500 years.'

The object will whizz by at 1.24pm Irish time and NASA say it could be visible in the night sky so get your telescopes out.