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A LARGE asteroid is making a close approach to Earth today, space object trackers have revealed.

Dubbed Asteroid 2022 KY4, the rock will make its closest approach to our planet on July 17.

Dubbed Asteroid 2022 KY4, the rock will make its closest approach to our planet on July 17

Dubbed Asteroid 2022 KY4, the rock will make its closest approach to our planet on July 17Crédito: Getty

O space rock measures around 500ft in diameter – that’s around the size of a New York City commercial skyscraper and taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands at 455ft.

Astronomers estimate that the asteroid is moving at a rate of 7.55 KM/s or 16,888 miles per hour.

Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory first spotted the asteroid in August 1929.

Researchers computed the space rock’s lastest orbit data on July 12 2022.

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This is not the space rock’s first time approaching Earth. It was last here around August 1959.

Nasa records show that in that flyby, the asteroid came closer than ever before.

Before that encounter, the asteroid approached Earth once more in 1948.

O rock also makes close approaches to other celestial bodies – it has been spotted near Mars and Jupiter on more than one occasion.

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After the asteroid passes by Earth this time around, it will head towards Mars, passing the Red Planet’s orbit in 11 anos.

Asteroid 2022 KY4 will next approach our Earth in 2048 at a much faster rate.

What is an asteroid?

An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the Sun.

Most are found in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) but they can be found anywhere – including in a path that can impact Earth.

They differ from comets, which are mostly made of ice and gas, and feature long ‘tailsbehind them.

How can I watch an asteroid?

Interested persons could normally watch asteroid flybys on Virtual Telescope’s webpage and YouTube account.

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Contudo, if you’re an amateur astronomer, you could use your own telescope.

Claro, it’s important to note that the viewing conditions will need to be clear for this.