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A space rock designated the title 468727 (2010 JE87) is currently on its way through the solar system. The monster space rock is a whopping 257 metres in length, making it longer than two football pitches length to length.

NASA has revealed the asteroid is moving through the solar system at a staggering 14.9 kilometres per second, or 53,640 kilometres per hour.

The asteroid is set to swing by our planet tomorrow, January 25.

When it does, it will be 15.8 times the distance between our planet and the Moon from us.

One distance between the two celestial bodies, called a lunar distance (LD), is 384,317 kilometres.

NASA has revealed the asteroid is moving through the solar system at a staggering 14.9 kilometres per second, or 53,640 kilometres per hour.

The asteroid is set to swing by our planet tomorrow, January 25.

When it does, it will be 15.8 times the distance between our planet and the Moon from us.

One distance between the two celestial bodies, called a lunar distance (LD), is 384,317 kilometres.

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There are several unknown factors which could influence the future path of the asteroid, including the gravitational pull of other celestial bodies in the solar system.

NASA said: “Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) are currently defined based on parameters that measure the asteroid’s potential to make threatening close approaches to the Earth.

“Specifically, all asteroids with a minimum orbit intersection distance (MOID) of 0.05 au or less are considered PHAs.”





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