BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Asteroid due for close approach
A giant space rock was set to whizz past the Earth on Monday under the close scrutiny of astronomers.
The mountain-sized object had been classed as a “potentially hazardous asteroid”, but scientists say there was no danger of a collision with Earth
It was anticipated that asteroid 2004 XP14, as it is called, would be visible through good amateur telescopes.
Its closest approach to Earth, above the west coast of North America, was projected at 0444 GMT.
At this time calculations suggested it would be about 268,873 miles (432,709km) from the Earth, only 1.1 times the planet’s distance from the Moon.