A massive asteroid that is nearly as big as the world's tallest building – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – will zip past Earth early next month.
Asteroid 2000 QW7, also known as 467317, will make its closest approach to our planet on September 14, according to NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies.
The asteroid, which is currently moving at a speed of around 14,400 miles per hour, previously passed by our planet on 1 September 2000.
According to the agency, Asteroid 2000 QW7 will pass Earth at a safe distance of 0.03563 astronomical units, or 3.3 million miles.
The asteroid's diameter is estimated to be around 950 to 2,132 feet (290 to 650 metres) – which at the larger end is about four-fifths as tall as the Burj Dubai.
The asteroid orbits the sun and only occasionally passes by earth, according to NASA. It is next expected to fly by our planet on October 19, 2038.
NASA chief Jim Bridenstine warned earlier this year that a killer asteroid could smash into the Earth within our lifetime, unless we do more to protect the planet.
"This is not about Hollywood, it's not about the movies," Bridenstine said.
"This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life – and that is the planet Earth."
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