The 1,000-metre wide monster will hurtle terrifyingly close to the planet within days, sparking fears of an unprecedented disaster.
The object called ‘2014-YB35’ is almost the same size as Ben Nevis and will skim the Earth on FRIDAY travelling at more than 23,000 mph.
Small meteorites often pass close by however one of this size is a once in 5,000-year occurrence, according to concerned astronomers.
A collision with Earth would unleash an explosive force equivalent to more than 15,000 million tonnes – 15,000 megatons – of TNT.
The path of the asteroid is shown below in an animated ‘trajectory map’ released by NASA. It can clearly be seen only narrowly missing the Earth.
Any impact would trigger devastating changes in the climate, earthquakes and tsunamis leading to the eradication of entire communities.
It flattened an estimated 80 million trees and sent a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.
Experts warn it is only a matter of time before an asteroid capable of “lifer altering” damage collides with our planet.
Experts warn if one of these monsters were to hit Earth plumes of debris thrown into the atmosphere, changing the climate and potentially making the planet inhabitable for all life
According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme the enormous lump of rock will pass within 2.8 million miles – a tiny distance in astronomical terms – of Earth on Friday.
Astronomers have named June 30 as Asteroid Day to highlight the dangers of Potentially Dangerous Asteroids (PHAs) hurtling through space.