NASA’s asteroid trackers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have called it Asteroid 2019 BW1, after they first spotted the asteroid on January 25, 2019. Asteroid BW1 will approach the Earth from a distance of approximately 0.03332 astronomical units (au). One astronomical unit measures around 93 million miles (149.6 million km), which is the distance from the Sun to the Earth.
When will asteroid make Earth approach?
The JPL said the asteroid will reach its closest distance to Earth at 4.22pm GMT (UTC) today (Saturday, February 2).
It is believed BW1 is around 98.4ft to 219.8ft (30m to 67m) in diameter.
This is eight-times longer than a London double-decker bus and 30-times the length of a Queen Size bed.
NASA asteroid WARNING: The asteroid is heading on an Earth Close Approach (Image: GETTY)
How close will it get?
Asteroid BW1 will miss the Earth by more than three million miles (4.98 million km).
This means our planet will not be directly impacted.
The asteroid will instead just come close enough to be dubbed a “Near-Earth Object” (NEOs).