NASA tracking asteroid ‘size of football pitch’ hurtling toward Earth’s orbit

An asteroid the size of a football pitch is set to collide with Earth’s orbit on Saturday, February 13.

NASA’s Centre of Near Earth Object studies is tracking the space rock on its close approach list.

The asteroid, named 2021 CA, will grace the skies at 7.04pm Eastern Standard Time, which is 12.04pm Greenwich Mean Time.

Astrologists at the US space station have estimated the asteroid to be between 48m and 110m wide.

A typical English football pitch must have a minimum width of 45m and a length of at least 100m.

The rock will be travelling at around 10 kilometres per second, which is equivalent of around 21,000 miles per hour.

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Asteroid 2021 CA has been classified as an Apollo asteroid, which is known to be one of the most dangerous kinds.

Apollo asteroids are those which have a path which intersects with Earth’s orbit, unlike Amor asteroids which do not.

The asteroid may be classed as an NEO, which is a term used to describe comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighbourhood.

Though its size may be intimidating, the asteroid is forecast to soar past Earth safely on Saturday.

It will pass at a whopping 4,294,918 miles from our planet, which is the equivalent to 18 lunar distance miles.

An asteroid of a similar size passed Earth on Wednesday February 10 2021.

It is estimated to flew past Earth at around 5.58pm eastern standard time, which is equivalent to 10.58pm GMT in the UK.

The asteroid 2019 YP5 was bigger than the average rock at an estimated diameter of between 92m and 210m, making it bigger than Elon Musk’s Space X rocket.

Earth hasn't seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs 66million years ago.

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