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Three HUGE asteroids will fly dangerously close to Earth this weekend, NASA warns

This weekend, three enormous asteroids will make a ‘close approach’ to Earth, NASA has warned.

The asteroids – the biggest of which is predicted to measure up to 30 metres across – will whizz past our planet on November 10.

At around 14:03 GMT, an asteroid dubbed 2018 VS1 will pass the Earth.

This asteroid is predicted to measure between 13-28 metres across – suggesting the asteroid could be five times as tall as a giraffe!

Artwork of an asteroid passing Earth

Thankfully, NASA’s trajectory estimates indicate that 2018 VS1 will be around 861,700 miles away from Earth during its closest approach.

Just 16 minutes after 2018 VS1 passes our planet, another asteroid dubbed 2018 VR1 will swing by.

This asteroid is predicted to measure up to 30 metres wide, but thankfully will pass at a distance of 3.12 million miles from Earth.

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Finally, at 18:21 GMT, an asteroid dubbed 2018 VX1 that is around 17 metres wide will pass Earth.

This asteroid will pass at a distance of 237,037 miles from our planet.

While these distances may sound huge, NASA classes them as ‘close approaches.’

The space agency said: “As they orbit the Sun, Near-Earth Objects can occasionally approach close to Earth.

“Note that a ‘close’ passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres.”

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