Today above the Ground will fly three large asteroid

An artist’s illustration of what the near Earth asteroid Phaethon might look like up close. Image credit Heather Roper

Asteroids of size up to 30 metres in diameter will pass by our planet one after the other on November 10.

A newly discovered asteroid that is taller than a house is set to safely buzz past Earth Saturday afternoon. There's no risk of the asteroid crashing into Earth, the space rock will fly by within about 236,000 miles away or a smidge closer than the distance of the moon from the Earth. That's closer than the moon, which hangs out about 238,900 miles (384,400 km) away as it orbits Earth.

It's also important to remember that a "close approach" might not be as close as you think.

'Note that a "close" passage astronomically can be very far away in human terms: millions or even tens of millions of kilometres'.

But what's exciting is the fact that three will pass near Earth on Sunday between 1am and 6am AEST.

The asteroid is not the first time see its proximity to the planet Earth.

Experts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California believe that it's between 13 and 28 metres wide. It may be noted big asteroids with ability to wipe out civilisation can be discovered well in advance, whereas small asteroids are found only when they are close to Earth. The next fly-by will take place just 16 minutes later, at 1:19 am.

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This involves the asteroid 2018 VR1, which is a little wider at 30 metres in diameter.

Within hours of each other, the three asteroids will zoom past us at speeds that could injure thousands of people if they impacted Earth.

An asteroid roughly the size of a bus is speeding towards planet Earth.

According to some estimates, Earth is due for a big collision.

While the distances may appear huge, Nasa classifies them as 'close approaches'. Two days later, the Minor Planet Center announced the discovery, estimaging the asteroid's diameter to be between 26 and 59 feet (8 and 18 m). 2018 VX1 is also the slowest in the trio, moving at a speed of 6.06 kilometres per second relative to Earth.

None of the asteroids will hit our planet - and all are fairly small.

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