NASA issued a warning saying that a massive asteroid of Big Ben size is all set to fly past Earth on Tuesday afternoon at a speed of 30,422 miles per hour.
NASA considers it to be ‘hazardous’ if it come within 4,600,000 miles of Earth.
The asteroid, dubbed 2013 MD8, is expected to skim past Earth at just over 3 million miles away, or about 13 times the distance between Earth and the moon, at 12:55pm (ET) on Tuesday.
This asteroid falls under the category of a ‘near-earth object’ (NEO), which NASA describes as all asteroids and comets that orbit within 30 million miles of Earth.
As per the experts, there is little to be worried about even with MD8 being a near-earth-object.
Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “No human in the past 1000 years is known to have been killed by a meteorite or by the effects of one impacting.”
The scientists added, “NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”