Asteroid ‘size of Great Pyramid of Giza’ to crash into Earth’s Orbit next week

An asteroid estimated to be the same size of the Great Pyramid of Giza is set to collide with Earth’s orbit next week.

NASA’s Centre for Near Earth Object Studies is keeping an eye on asteroid 2020 QD5, which will fly past Earth on Monday (October 26).

It is estimated to be between 60m and 130m, which is the same estimated original height of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

The pyramid is a little smaller now due to erosion, but was once the tallest structure in the entire world from when it was constructed in 2551 BC to the year 1300.

Asteroid 2020 QD5 is classed as an Apollo asteroid and will come into contact with Earth's orbit as it glides through space.

It is travelling at a speed of 8.57 kilometers a second, equivalent to a whopping 19,170 Earth miles per hour.

NASA tracks hundreds of asteroids at any given moment, and 2020 QD5, although bigger than several other space rocks, is expected to pass the planet safely.

The rock is approximately 10.03 lunar miles away from Earth, which is around 2,395,728 miles.

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Keen stargazers will be saddened to learn the rock will not be able to be seen from Earth but it passes at 3.13 AM Eastern Standard Time, which is 8.13AM British Summer Time.

NASA has logged asteroid 2020 QD5 as a Near Earth Object, which is a term used to describe "comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets" to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.

Most asteroids will not come into contact with Earth's atmosphere, but in rare instances the giant space rocks can cause problems for weather systems.

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