Asteroid wider than 2 football fields is barreling toward Earth tonight

An asteroid wider than two football fields will zoom past Earth in the wee hours of Thursday (Aug. 4). The asteroid is set to pass at 12:23 a.m. (ET).

NASA astronomers discovered the asteroid, known as 2022 OE2, just days ago, on July 26.

he meaty space rock is estimated to measure between 557 and 1,246 feet (170 to 380 meters) wide

which is about twice as wide as an American football field is long.

Astronomers also confirmed that 2022 OE2 is an Apollo-class asteroid

The impact from an asteroid this large would release more energy than 1,000 nuclear bombs.

However, this one will miss Earth by a wide margin, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Asteroid 2022 OE2 is predicted to pass Earth at a distance of roughly 3.2 million miles

more than 13 times the average distance between Earth and the moon.

For context, this is significantly farther than the asteroid 2022 NF

NASA monitors tens of thousands of near-Earth objects like this one and has estimated the trajectories of all of them beyond the end of the century.

The good news is, Earth is in no danger of a cataclysmic asteroid impact for at least the next 100 years, NASA has said.