Christmas asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower to blast past Earth at 4,000mph

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An asteroid almost the size of the Eiffel Tower will come close to Earth on Christmas Eve, NASA scientists have warned.

The Asteroid 2016 TR54 is estimated to measure up to 755 feet wide and is hurtling through space at a whopping 4,000mph on the morning of December 24.

Experts say they will be keeping an eye on the giant space rock as it's expected to make a "close approach" to the planet at 4 million miles away.

However, in space terms, any fast-moving space object that comes within 4.65million miles is considered to be close and "potentially hazardous".

NASA regards any fast-moving object passing by within 120million miles of Earth as a Near-Earth Object (NEO).

A minor change in the trajectory of these objects could be disastrous, which is why many NEOS are always tracked and monitored by the space agency to see if any are on a collision course with our planet.

Astronomers track thousands of asteroids, comets, and other objects, finding new ones are found every day.

In September, reports said an asteroid close to Earth may have once been part of the Moon before an ancient impact.

Researchers claimed an orbiting rock so small that it is four million times too small for us to see with the naked eye, could be a fragment from the Moon floating through space.

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The study published in the journal Nature Communications Earth & Environment says that if the asteroid came from the lunar rock, it would give an incredible insight into Earth's history.

It would also make the asteroid known as Kamo`oalewa, the first near-Earth object to have originally come from the Moon, LiveScience reports.

Thousands of NEOs are tracked by scientists to monitor whether they're on a collision course with Earth.

Thankfully, the planet hasn't seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs 66million years ago.

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