While many Brits are enjoying their breakfasts this morning, a huge asteroid actually made a 'close approach' to our planet.
The asteroid, dubbed 52768 (1998 OR2), made its closest approach to Earth at around 10:56 BST today, at which point it was around 3.9 million miles from Earth.
While this might sound far, it's actually classed as a 'close approach' by NASA .
The enormous asteroid is estimated to measure between 1.8km – 4.1km in diameter. At the higher end of that estimate, it suggests the asteroid could be up to five times as big as the world's biggest building, the Burj Khalifa!
While scientists from The Virtual Telescope Project in Rome were due to host an online public viewing of this morning's passing, unfortunately this has been postponed due to cloud coverage.
They tweeted: "Our live feed sharing asteroid #1998OR2 live has been rescheduled because of cloudy weather . New date/time: 29 Apr.2020, 18:30 UTC."
However, Mirror Online will be bringing you live updates as the enormous space rock zips past Earth this morning.
Alternatively, if you'd like to learn more about the asteroid ahead of this morning's passing, you can watch a video hosted by Slooh last night here .
Virtual Telescope Project)
Thankfully, the chances of the huge asteroid colliding with Earth are extremely low.
However, NASA hasn't written off the chances of an asteroid collision in the near future.
NASA discovers around 30 new 'near-Earth objects' (NEOs) every week, and at the start of 2019 had discovered a total of more than 19,000 objects.
However, the space agency has warned its NEO catalogue isn't complete, meaning an unpredicted impact could occur at 'any time.'
NASA explained: "Experts estimate that an impact of an object the size of the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 – approximately 55 feet (17 meters) in size – takes place once or twice a century.
"Impacts of larger objects are expected to be far less frequent (on the scale of centuries to millennia).
"However, given the current incompleteness of the NEO catalogue, an unpredicted impact – such as the Chelyabinsk event – could occur at any time."
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