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Asteroid 'the size of the Great Pyramid' to fly past Earth


A huge chunk of space rock - which has been compared to the size of the Great Pyramid - will hurtle past our planet later this month.

But (despite reports from tabloid news outlets), it’s not time to head to the doomsday bunkers quite yet.

Yes, asteroid 2019 OU1 is fairly large (it’s thought to be 233ft to 524ft across), but it’s not a ‘planet killer’ or even a ‘city killer’.

It’s also going to miss us by a fairly large margin on August 28, shooting past at around 639,000 miles away (equal to two and a half the distance of the moon).

It's also nowhere near the size of the sort of 'planet killer' asteroid which killed the dinosaurs.

It’s not too much bigger than an asteroid which exploded over Chelyabinsk six years ago.

During the 2013 Chelyabinsk event, 1500 people were injured and 7300 buildings damaged by the intense overpressure generated by the shockwave at Earth’s surface.