A GIANT asteroid heading towards Earth will just miss us in November, Nasa experts predicted last night.

The Sun

The space rock is 1,300ft wide and weighs 55million tons – the largest object ever to approach our planet so close.

It will pass at a distance of 201,700 miles – described by an astronomer as “a cosmic hair’s breadth”.

That is closer than the Moon, which orbits 238,857 miles away on average.

The asteroid, called YU55, is officially labelled a Potentially Hazardous Object.

If it did hit Earth, it would have the force of more than 65,000 atomic bombs, blasting a crater six miles wide and 2,000ft deep.

It orbits the sun every 14 months. But experts are confident it will not collide with us within 100 years.

YU55 will be visible with small telescopes around November 8.

Robin Scagell, of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: “It’s rare we get the chance to see an asteroid up close.”

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