A small asteroid about the size of a house will fly past Earth on Sunday, US space agency Nasa says. The asteroid will pass over New Zealand at around 18:18 GMT. It is about 18 m in size. It will be about 40,000 km away, posing no danger to Earth. While it will be too small to see with the naked eye, amateur astronomers with telescopes may glimpse it as it passes.
The asteroid was first discovered on 31 August, and, at its closest approach, will be about one-tenth of the distance from the centre of the Earth to the moon, NASA said in a statement. It is expected to orbit near Earth again in the future.