Asteroid size of London Eye headed towards Earth’s orbit at 23,500mph this week

NASA is tracking a huge asteroid that will collide with Earth’s orbit on September 14th, passing the planet at a speed of up to 23,666mph.

The U.S. space administration has labelled the asteroid 2020 QL2 and have estimated it to be between 50m – 120m wide.

It is classed as a Near Earth Object (NEO), any comet or asteroid within 1.3. astronomical units from the Sun can fit into this category.

To put this into perspective, the asteroid will be bigger than the London Eye, which stands at 135m on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.

NASA has said the asteroid is expected to safely pass our planet at ten times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, some 4,259,235 miles away.

Despite this, NASA's National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan has previously warned asteroids up to 1km in diameter can initiative a chain of devastating events.

It is classed as an Apollo asteroid, which is an asteroid that crosses the orbit of the Earth, this is in comparison to Amor asteroids that cross the orbit of Mars but not the Earth's orbit.

Asteroid 2020 QL2 was first sighted on August 14 2020, with its most recent sighting being on September 3, according to NASA data.

Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our planet.

According to Nasa, a NEO is 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".

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

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