AN ASTEROID which has been described by NASA as being “near Earth” is set to shoot by our planet
An asteroid which has been designated the name 2021 AX1 is gearing up for a close approach to our planet. NASA has revealed that the asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth on January 12. The asteroid was only discovered in the past few days by astronomers at the Mt Lemmon Survey in Tuscon, Arizona.
Now the space rock, which is 11 metres wide, is making its way through the solar system.
The asteroid is travelling at a staggering 9.1 kilometres per second.
That equates to roughly 32,760 kilometres an hour.
NASA analysis has shown the orbit of the asteroid, which has brought it past Mars.