ROCK AND A HARD PLACE Earth set for an ‘asteroid encounter’ THIS WEEK and 750ft space rock could be ‘potentially hazardous’

Margi Murphy – June 22, 2017

A ROCK hurtling through space will make a close encounter with Earth on Saturday, according to NASA.

But don’t cancel the BBQ just yet – it’s unlikely to smash into our planet.

If it did, it could potentially wipe out life as we know it.

So NASA is keeping an eye on it just in case.

The asteroid – named 441987 (2010 NY65) – is marked as a concern because it’s 230 meters in diameter and traveling just 7.9 lunar distances (that’s about three million km) from us.

If it were to strike, its weight could impact with a force 300 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, scientists have predicted.

2010 NY65 was discovered on July 10, 2010 by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft and is expected to make yearly close approaches to Earth until 2022.