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Nasa has warned that a huge asteroid, the size of a 210-foot yacht, is set to pass Earth in just days.

The space rock - named Asteroid 2024 LJ - is expected to travel at a speed of 66,584 miles per hour.

It will surge past Earth on June 22 at a distance of 2.1 million miles.

Astronomers say its journey is particularly notable due to the rock's size and "alarmingly close" proximity to Earth.

However, the 2024 LJ is being observed and does not pose an immediate threat.

Although the phrase "alarmingly close" is subjective given the vastness of space, any sizeable object passing near Earth requires meticulous monitoring.

Scientists at Nasa say they will be closely monitoring 2024 LJ to gain a broader understanding of these celestial wanderers.

The agency’s Planetary Defence Coordination Office (PDCO) aims to locate potentially hazardous asteroids.

Any comets that come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit are tracked.

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The speed of the space rock is more than 80 times faster than the speed of sound - which travels at about 767 miles per hour.

Astronomers say the asteroid will fly past Earth at a safe distance.

The event will provide a "unique opportunity" for scientists to study the asteroid’s composition, trajectory, and other characteristics.

Most NEOs pass without an incident.

A recent collision occurred between giant asteroids in the nearby star system Beta Pictoris.

The system, located just 63 light-years from Earth, has long intrigued astronomers because of its proximity and age.

While our solar system is estimated to be about 4.5 billion years old, Beta Pictoris is considered a "teenage planetary system" at 20 million years old.

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