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ASTEROID experts at NASA are keeping tabs on an approaching space rock set to skim past Earth.

PUBLISHED: 11:48, Mon, Sep 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:54, Mon, Sep 7, 2020

Asteroid 2020 QL2 will hurtle past the Earth and the Moon, in what NASA has described as a 'near Earth' approach, on Monday, September 14. The asteroid is estimated to be as large as 400ft (120m), making it almost the size of the iconic London Eye.

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NASA estimates the rock could be anything between 53m and 120m, making it potentially one of the largest rocks on their NEO Earth Close Approaches list.

Asteroid observers at US-based space agency NASA have revealed the space rock is currently travelling at 10.5 kilometres per second, or 23,666 mph.

Such speeds mean the asteroid could travel from the UK to New York more than eight times in an hour.

However, the asteroid will safely pass our planet at ten times the distance between the Earth and the Moon, some 4,259,235 miles away.

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Asteroid experts at NASA are keeping tabs on an approaching space rock set to skim past EarthAsteroid experts at NASA are keeping tabs on an approaching space rock set to skim past Earth (Image: Getty)

Asteroid news: The asteroid is estimated to be as large as 400ft (120m)Asteroid news: The asteroid is estimated to be as large as 400ft (120m) (Image: Express)

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Despite this seemingly enormous distance, NASA has described it as a ‘near-Earth object’ (NEO).

The US space agency says: "Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) are comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourrhood."

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

NASA has categorically confirmed the space rock will not hit Earth.

Asteroid news: If it were to hit, at 120 metres long, it would be far more catastrophic than Chelyabinsk eventAsteroid news: If it were to hit, at 120 metres long, it would be far more catastrophic than Chelyabinsk event (Image: Express)

But if it did, 2020 QL2 could cause some sizeable damage.

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