NASA has warned that a huge 430ft asteroid is hurtling towards the Earth’s orbital path.
Experts have kept a close eye on the 1994 WR12 space rock since it was first discovered by American astronomer Carolyn S. Shoemaker.
It is said to be almost the same size as Blackpool Tower and twice as large as Big Ben, the Mirror reports.
If the asteroid were to strike Earth, then the impact would produce the equivalent energy to 77 megatons of TNT.
But fear not, as 1994 WR12 is set to pass our planet at a distance of 3.8 million miles away on Monday.
Boffins have said that an asteroid entering our atmosphere is inevitable at some point.
When that happens, Professor Alan Duffy, director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute, urged people not to be too curious.
Speaking to the I’ve Got News For You, he said: “I would say the best advice is, for goodness sake, do not look at this thing.
“I mean, it‘s going to be hard not to – the brightness of the glare from these objects burning up in the atmosphere.
“That‘s actually what caused a lot of the injuries in Chelyabinsk (a meteor strike in Russia in 2013), people not unreasonably looked up at this enormous burning fireball in the sky, whose brightness was essentially that of the Sun by the time it finally erupted, that caused a lot of retina damage – so make sure you’re not looking right at it.”
However all hope is not lost for humanity if another asteroid was set to make an even closer approach to our planet.
DART, or Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is a pilot of a new technology to prevent future asteroid collisions such as the type that wiped out the dinosaurs.
The scheme is designed to “punch” an asteroid off course and is the first demonstration of a “kinetic impactor technique” – essentially a high-powered gun – which is designed to change the motion of an asteroid in space.
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