Potentially hazardous asteroid to zoom close to Earth on 24 July

An asteroid 1.5 times the size of the London Eye will make its closest approach to Earth on 24 July, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced.

The NASA report further added that the 170 metre tall asteroid will come within just 0.034 astronomical units (AU) or 5,086,327 kilometres of Earth. It is moving at a speed of 48,000 kilometres per hour.

NASA, there is a one in 300,000 chance every year that an asteroid with a potential to cause regional damage will strike.

The space agency has described the asteroid as “potentially hazardous”.

Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approach to the Earth.

It has been named 2020ND.

Humans will not be able to see this space rock with naked eyes and even those with relatively powerful telescopes may not view it.