10:20 Sunday, 21 March 2021
The largest asteroid that has been predicted to make a close approach of Earth this year will pass by from a safe distance, according to NASA.
The asteroid, around 900 metres in diameter, will have what is called a ‘close encounter’ with earth today – but there is no threat of a collision with our planet.
However, it is close enough to be deemed a “potentially hazardous asteroid”
NASA says it will pass by at about 124,000km per hour, which is faster that most that pass Earth.
It’ll be closest at around 4pm, according to the Paris Observatory, France’s largest astronomy research centre.
It’ll be brightest as it moves through southern skies.
Around six million years ago, an asteroid, roughly twice the diameter of Paris, crashed into the Earth and wiped out 75% of life on the planet.
The asteroid is called ‘2001 FO32’.