NASA's Centre for Near Earth Object Studies has stated that the object will be heading past Earth at 29,348 miles per hour when it reaches the closest point to us on Friday afternoon - for reference, that’s 14 times faster than a speeding bullet.
Nasa has previously said that potential impacts could potentially arrive at any time despite the fact that the threat from asteroids might be low.
Nasa described the object as 1.1 miles (1.8km) in diameter Creative Commons
Nasa said: “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.”
While 7335 (1989 JA) will miss Earth, there has been evidence of an asteroid hitting our planet as recently as earlier this month.
Experts from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll) believe the meteorite fell somewhere near Bridgend after a fireball was spotted on Thursday 12 May and sightings of the spectacle were reported widely on social media.
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