Massive asteroid to approach Earth

A massive asteroid bigger than the Great Pyramid of Giza and double the size of a Boeing is headed toward a close approach with Earth next week.


Asteroid 2016 NF23 is expected to skim past us on August 29 at just over 3 million miles away, or about 13 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

The huge space rock is travelling more than 32,400km per hour and is considered to be a ‘potentially hazardous’ object given its proximity – but, its trajectory should see it soar safely by in the early days of September.

According to NASA, asteroid 2017 NF23 is about 230 to 525 feet wide (70-160 kilometres).

That means even low-balling, the object is about as wide as the length of a Boeing 747 – and on the high end of the estimate, it could be double that.

At 525 feet, it would be taller than Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands at about 455 feet.

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