A MONSTER asteroid as big as New South Wales is cannoning past Earth so close it can be seen by the naked eye.But don’t worry. It won’t bite.NASA has calculated the space rock’s orbit carefully.Despite being visible, it’s actually 170 million kilometres away.
And the track it follows is never likely to cross that of our own planet.But the ominous yellow-glowing orb can be seen passing through our skies both because of its size and the stuff it is made of.
It’s more reflective than our moon.
It will be visible until it passes from sight on July 17. To find out where to look in the sky to find its unblinking eye, click here.
Named 4 Vesta, it’s the second most massive object lurking in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It’s also somewhat odd.
It’s moving at 19.3km every second. It takes 3.6 years to complete each of its orbits.