"There are currently 1,484 known PHAs but none pose a significant near-term risk of impacting earth."
California, June 7 - It is time to thank your stars. A 1,000-feet wide beast at a speed of 50,400 km per hour - that could wipe out an entire city - will come within a range of a million miles of earth Sunday.
The asteroid will, however, safely pass earth from a distance of 1.25 million kms - more than three times farther away than our moon.
Nicknamed the Beast, the mighty rock may have caused an explosion measured in megatons and wipe out a city if it were to hit earth, NASA scientists said.
Designated 2014 HQ124, the asteroid was discovered April 23, 2014, by NASA's NEOWISE mission, a space telescope adapted for scouting the skies for asteroids and comets.
2014 HQ124 is designated a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA) by NASA.
There are currently 1,484 known PHAs but none pose a significant near-term risk of impacting earth.
There is zero chance of an impact, said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's near-earth object program office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.