Asteroid ‘to fly past Earth closer than the moon tomorrow,’ scientists warn

It will pass closer than the moon (Getty)
It will pass closer than the moon (Getty)

A newly found asteroid the size of a double decker bus will give our planet a close shave tomorrow, astronomers have warned.

Earth will be entirely safe: the asteroid will fly past at a distance of 0.57 lunar distances, or 136,000 miles.

The asteroid was spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona, on A[pril 9, and is thought to be between 42-92 feet.

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It will fly past at a speed of 3.5 miles per second, at 07.39 British time.

Asteroids of this size are nowhere near the size of the rock which wiped out the dinosaurs, but can still cause damage.

During the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, 1500 people were injured and 7300 buildings damaged by the intense overpressure generated by the shockwave at Earth’s surface.

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