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Giant asteroid the size of Empire State Building is coming close to Earth this week

According to Nasa, a MASSIVE space rock will pass by Earth this week in a terrifying close shave.

Asteroid 2022 BH7 will make a close approach on Friday and is expected to be as long as the Empire State Building.

A giant asteroid will pass by Earth on Friday

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A giant asteroid will pass by Earth on FridayCredit: Getty

Fortunately, it is on its way to safely passing our planet and does not pose any threat to life on Earth.

If it hits, 2022 BH7 will be large enough to destroy an entire continent.

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has provided a summary of the space rock on its Near-Earth Object (NEO) online database.

The platform tracks anything that passes within 120 million miles of Earth – a relatively tight call by the agency’s standards.

Thousands of NEOs are tracked by scientists to see if they are on their way to collide with our planet.

If there is a small chance they will collide with Earth and cause significant damage in the future, they will be labeled “Potentially Dangerous”.

Asteroid 2022 BH7 was discovered earlier this year and is thought to be between 170 and 380 meters wide.

According to Nasa, the space rock will pass by Earth at a safe distance of 2.3 million miles.

That’s almost six times the distance between Earth and the Moon, so don’t run to the nearest bomb shelter.

Astronomers are currently tracking more than 2,000 NEOs larger than 1km across – large enough to trigger a mass extinction event.

Earth has not seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

However, smaller objects capable of flattening an entire city crash into Earth frequently.

A forest several hundred meters wide ravaged 800 square miles near Tunguska in Siberia on June 30, 1908.

Fortunately, Nasa doesn’t believe any of the NEOs it has its eyes on are in the process of colliding with our planet.

However, that could change in the coming months or years as the space agency continually revises the predicted orbits of objects.

“Nasa doesn’t know of any asteroids or comets that are on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small,” Nasa said.

“In fact, as best we can tell, there is no large object capable of hitting Earth any time in the next few hundred years.”

Even if they hit our planet, most asteroids won’t wipe out life as we know it.

“Global catastrophe” is only triggered when objects larger than 900 meters crash into Earth, according to Nasa.

Thousands of asteroids, comets and other objects tracked by Nasa

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Thousands of asteroids, comets and other objects tracked by NasaCredit: Getty

In other news, a British woman was tell of her horror after scammers used photos of a “silver fox” politician to defraud her of £80,000.

Norfolk . County Council suing Apple about what it says is misinformation about iPhone sales.

The creators of a scary new horror game say the title is so disturbing that they have to censor it on PlayStation.

And, Apple announced update to AirTags after it was announced that coin-sized tracking devices are being used to track people.


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