Asteroid 'bigger than London Bridge' will crash into Earth's orbit next week

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Asteroid 'bigger than London Bridge' will crash into Earth's orbit next week

An asteroid potentially bigger than London Bridge will collide with Earth’s orbit next week.

NASA is tracking the asteroid called 2014 QJ33, which is expected to fly-by on September 17.

The giant space rock is predicted to be 48m to 110m, or 157 to 360 feet, wide.

That means it could potentially be bigger than the London Bridge, which has concrete reaching 104 metres (340 feet) in the central span.

The giant space rock is a Near Earth Object (NEO) a term used to describe “comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.”

Asteroid 2014 QJ33 is expected to pass Earth safely at a distance of 6.67 lunar units – 1,592,819 miles away from Earth.

The rock will be travelling at a speed of 8.66 kilometres a second or 19,371 miles per hour.

NASA’s team of astronomers is currently tracking around 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that could fly close to Earth.

Earth hasn’t seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

Most asteroids don’t come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere, but in rare instances the giant space rocks can impact weather systems.

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