Five asteroids heading towards Earth this month including Big Ben sized object
NASA has revealed that five asteroids are hurtling in the direction of Earth this month, with one the size of a plane passing by our home planet today.
Scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the famous space agency have released a report revealing the surprising extraterrestrial activity after tracking objects via an 'Asteroid Watch' dashboard.
The technology allows them to detect the fast-moving space curiosities and then track their predicted path, meaning they can estimate how close they will come to Earth.
However, they have reassured humanity that it is extraordinarily unlikely that any of these will pose any real threat to our planet, with a giant asteroid on January 5 expected to come no closer than 1,330,000 miles.
The object has been named 2021 YQ, and at 200ft will be about the size of a commercial jet plane.
A 24ft comet named 2014 YE15 will then fly past on January 6 at 4,600,000 miles away.
Another tiny 13ft comet coming just one day later is called 2020 AP1 and will pass slightly closer at 1,080,000 miles.
Anyone hoping for something a bit bigger will have to wait until next Tuesday (January 11) with NASA expecting Asteroid 2013 YD48 to come in at a whopping 340ft — which is larger than Big Ben.
It will pass by 3,480,000 miles away, and is reportedly being watched closely by astronomers for any possible movement away from its expected route.
Any large objects that come within 4.65 million miles of our home planet are officially regarded as "potentially hazardous".
The final asteroid, which will pass us on January 19, is called (7482) 1994 PC1. It is a regular visitor to our part of the galaxy, completing its orbit every 47 years.
NASA recently strengthened its ability to observe the universe with the multi-billion dollar James Webb Space Telescope, which was launched last month along with help from the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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