Asteroid twice as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza to flyby Earth

An asteroid twice as big as the Great Pyramid of Giza is expected to zoom past Earth on 6 September, NASA says.

The space rock said to be between 120m and 270m wide and between 394ft and 886ft tall is called 465824 (2010 FR).

Classified as a Near-Earth Object (NEO), the US space agency said that the rock will not have any impact on Earth. NEO is a term used for objects that are deflected by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits allowing them to enter our planet’s neighbourhood.

Any space rock or comet within 1.3 astronomical units from the Sun falls into the category of NEO and it is not harmful to Earth or human life.

NEOs orbit the Sun and they occasionally make a close approach to Earth. This means NEOs are not currently in the vicinity of Earth, but they can potentially approach our planet relatively closely, according to Express.

The asteroid travelling towards Earth’s orbit at a speed of 31,400mph and will zip past our planet from 4.6 million miles away, posing no threat.