A large space rock's orbit carries it past Earth.

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Another day, another pyramid-size space rock barreling past Earth.

This time, the fast-moving visitor’s name is 2019 SX5, and it’s expected to pay our cosmic neighborhood a visit tonight (Oct. 10). SX5 is estimated to measure as much as 459 feet (140 meters) in diameter, about the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It’s traveling at a blistering 49,000 mph (78,900 km/h) and will reach its closest point to our planet at around 11:07 p.m. GMT (7:07 p.m. ET), according to NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies (CNEOS).

However, “close” by space standards is by no means near enough that the rock will pose a threat to Earth. At its nearest, the hefty object’s trajectory will carry it to a distance of more than 4 million miles (6 million kilometers). To put that into perspective, the moon orbits about 238,000 miles (380,000 km) from Earth, and the closest planet, Venus, is about 25 million miles (40 million km) away from us.

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Another pyramid-size asteroid cruised past Earth in July. And recent reports may make it seem like there’s a massive asteroid — car-size, football-field-size, skyscraper-size — speeding past us every few days. In fact, there usually is, according to CNEOS data. Space is littered with rocky debris and particles of all sizes; 100 tons (90 metric tons) of space dust bombards Earth each day, though most pieces are no bigger than a grain of sand, according t