If you spent your weekend enjoying the last of the summer sun, you may not have been aware of a huge asteroid whistling along our planet.
The monster asteroid is almost as big as the tallest building in the world – Burj Khalifa in Dubai – and it chirps around the Earth in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The asteroid 2000 QW7, also known as 467317, traveled about 14,400 miles / hour during passage – approximately 19 times the speed of sound!
Fortunately, it traversed Earth at 3.3 million miles, although this was classified by NASA as "near".
Despite this distance, astronomers were able to make incredibly detailed images of the asteroid during the passage.
Astronomy Site Slough is a live event using the NASA Solar System telescope in the Canary Islands.
Paul Cox, astronomer with Slow, said, "It may not look so impressive to you if you are not in astronomy, but this white spot just above the center is the size of a New York World Trade Center and twice as large. big than the London Chard.
"Travels at 14 361 mph. This is 6.24 kilometers per second This thing is massive and goes very fast, which means it has a huge amount of energy.
"Right now, it's 3.5 miles miles, which may sound a lot, but those numbers are small.  "This is a stone throwing astronomically. And that's a pretty big throwing stone! "
Fortunately, the asteroid avoids collision with our planet, which can be catastrophic.
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Mr Cox added: "If an object of this size affects the Earth, it will be more than a scratch – it could wipe out a city and devastate the region. Yet, like dinosaurs, we are hopelessly ill-prepared for such an event. "
This is not the first time the 2000 QW7 has crossed our planet – the asteroid previously approached Earth on September 1, 2000. 19659002] Its next approach will be October 19, 2038, according to NASA.