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A massive asteroid is passing Earth TONIGHT – what you need to know

Nasa scientists claim there is no chance of collision

A huge asteroid is set to whizz pass Earth tonight.

But don’t panic – it will still be over a million miles away.

Coventry and Warwickshire stargazers will be delighted with the news.

But unfortunately, it won’t be visible to the naked eye.

Space enthusiasts will be able to view it with home telescopes, though.

 

The huge space rock – roughly the size of The Rock of Gibraltar – is called 2014-J25.

It will pass “very closely” to our planet, experts have suggested.

The huge celestial body is believed to be up to three-quarters of a mile wide according to reports.

The distance it will pass us by is less than five times the distance to the moon.

But Nasa scientists claim there is no chance of collision.

In a statement, NASA said: “Although there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this size.”

And Davide Farnocchia, a mathematician at Nasa’s Near-Earth Object program, told Reuters: “We know the time that the object is going to be closest within seconds, and the distance is known within hundreds of kilometers.”

Asteroid 2014 J025, which was first discovered in May 2014, will be the largest asteroid to come this close to Earth since 2004 when a 3.1-mile wide boulder zoomed just under a million miles from the planet.

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