Nasa reveals a 1,600-foot asteroid, taller than most buildings, will “close in” in six days

Earth is poised to hit a massive asteroid larger than the Empire State Building in a matter of days.

Nasa has been keeping an eye on the rock, revealing it will be a “close approach” in terms of space.

Asteroid is scheduled to pass on May 15th

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Asteroid is scheduled to pass on May 15th

Luckily, it’ll still be well over 3.5 million miles away, so there’s no need to panic.

Experts assume that the asteroid is between 220 and 490 meters wide.

At its maximum possible length, it would be larger than the Empire State Building, the Shard and the Eiffel Tower.

It would also eclipse the Statue of Liberty.

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The space rock – officially known as 388945 (2008 TZ3) – is expected to arrive on Sunday, April 15.

But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this asteroid – it’s actually passed us once before without issue.

It last visited in May 2020.

Back then it was even closer, 1.7 million miles away.

It routinely gives Earth a wave about every two years as it orbits the sun just like us.

And this weekend’s flyby will be the closest to the asteroid in the rest of our lives.

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It’s scheduled to zoom by again in May 2024, but much further, at 6.9 million miles.

The next time it will be nowhere near as close as this weekend until May 2163.

This particular asteroid won't come that close in more than 100 years

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This particular asteroid won’t come that close in more than 100 yearsPhoto credit: Getty
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