Astroid larger than Burj Khalifa to skim past Earth in February

Reports said that the asteroid will miss our planet by 2.6 million miles, which could still be 'potentially hazardous,' as per US space agency NASA. Representative Image. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 20, 2018, 04.13 AM (IST)

An asteroid larger than the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa is set to skim past Earth in February, reports said on Friday. 

The rock, dubbed as 2002 AJ129, measuring up to 1.1 kilometres in diameters, will fly past Earth on February 4. It will be larger than the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa which stands 0.8 kilometres high.

Reports said that the asteroid will miss our planet by 2.6 million miles, which could still be "potentially hazardous," as per US space agency NASA. 

If the 1.1 kilometre-wide asteroid was to strike us, it would likely send up enough soil and dust to blanket the planet and plunge Earth into darkness or could send our planet into a mini ice age. 

February's asteroid is not expected to hit Earth, NASA informed, which details the rock as part of its research into close approaches to the Earth by near-Earth objects (NEOs).