THE biggest asteroid to get near Earth this year will fly by our planet this week.
The space rock named 7335 (1989 JA) will soar within 2.5million miles of Earth on May 27, according to Nasa.
According to Nasa’s close approaches database, the rock is up to 1.1 miles wide, which makes it four times bigger than the Empire State Building – or as tall as 350 giraffes stacked on top of each other.
Though it’s classified as “potentially hazardous” because it’ll come within 4.65 million miles of Earth, Asteroid 7335 does not pose any immediate threat to our planet.
The space object is expected to fly by on Friday at 10.26am EST, and budding astronomers can try and spot the asteroid a couple of days before with a backyard telescope, according to Earth Sky.
The asteroid should be reflecting sunlight on May 25, making it easier to spot as it appears like a slow-moving star.
You can watch the celestial event on the Virtual Telescope Project’s live stream, which will start on Thursday evening.
Read our Asteroid 7335 live blog for the latest news and updates…