A SWARM of asteroids is currently soaring past Earth with more than a dozen expected to make close passes by the end of the week.
An unprecedented eight space rocks will have careened past Earth by Tuesday evening alone – and Nasa has admitted it nearly missed one of them.
The largest is bigger than Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, while the smallest stretches longer than a double-decker bus.
According to Nasa’s Centre for Near-Earth Studies, the first seven have already zoomed past today.
They are called 2019 TU, 2019 TW1, 2019 TM3, 2019 RK, 2019 TC1, 2019 SB6 and 2019 TM.
An eighth space rock, dubbed 2019 TS, is due for a flyby today at around 2:36pm BST.
The largest of today’s close calls flew past at midday and measured more than 200ft long.
It would have caused serious damage if it had smashed into Earth. However, it’s unlikely it would have wiped out humanity.
Alarmingly, another of today’s rocks – 2019 TW1 – was only recently spotted by Nasa.
The rogue space rock is the size of two double-decker buses but was only clocked three days before its brush with Earth, according to Nasa’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies.
A further three asteroids are expected to hurtle past our planet on Wednesday, October 9.
They’re called 2019 TV1, 2019 TZ and 2019 SL7.
They include the closest of this week’s near misses, with 2019 SLZ due to skim within 340,000 miles of Earth.
While that may sound far, it’s alarmingly close in space terms.
Any fast moving space object that comes within around 4.65million miles is considered to be “potentially hazardous” by Nasa.
The biggest of this week’s bunch is the size of a pyramid and will soar past on Thursday.
It’s estimated to be up to 52ft wide and careened past at about 7am BST on Tuesday morning.
Fortunately, the objects flying past do not pose a threat to life on Earth.
Nasa believes none of the thousands of NEOs that it keeps an eye on are currently on a collision course with our planet.
“Nasa knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small,” it says.
“In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years.”
Even if they were to hit our planet, asteroids of this size would not wipe out life as we know it.
“Global catastrophes” are only triggered when objects larger than 1,000 metres smash into Earth, according to Nasa.
In other space news, mysterious Planet X may be a black hole that’s ’10 times heavier than Earth but the size of a bowling ball’ on the edge of our Solar System.
Scientists recently discovered a “Super-Earth” 31 light-years away that humans could one day colonise.