An asteroid around 104 meters wide is expected to pass near Earth on January 11, according to a report.
The asteroid, which will be within 3.48 million miles of Earth, has been marked as a “potentially dangerous object,” the Mirror reported.
The rock, named YD48 by NASA asteroid 2013, appears to be larger than the iconic Big Ben.
While it will miss Earth by a long way, in terms of space it actually isn’t that much.
NASA appears to classify any object moving past the Earth within 120 million miles as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).
Even tiny changes in trajectory due to obstacles can be fatal to Earth.
Numerous scientists spend hours every day tracking thousands of such rocks in order to learn more about the universe and to take timely action if the earth is in danger.
This isn’t the only asteroid approaching Earth in the coming weeks.
A 7 m wide asteroid named 2014 YE15 will pass by on January 6th. It will be 4.6 million miles from Earth.
And on January 7th, an asteroid called 2020 AP1, which is only 4 m wide, will pass near Earth by being about 1.08 million miles from it.
(With contributions from agencies)