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An asteroid four times bigger than the UK is now so close to Earth that it’s visible to the naked eye: Here’s how to see it

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  • 4 Vesta can be spotted in the sky unaided, close to the Sagittarius constellation 
  • The asteroid is 50 times wider than the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs
  • It is visible in both the northern and southern hemispheres
  • 4 Vesta will appear in the night sky as a dim yellow dot near Saturn and Mars
  • From July 16, the immense asteroid will only be observable via telescope

One of the biggest asteroids in our solar system has come so close to Earth that it is visible in the night sky with the naked eye.

The asteroid – known as 4 Vesta, or ‘Vesta’ – is so big and bright that it can be spotted in despite being 106 million miles away.

It is visible in both the northern and southern hemispheres, where it can be seen in the night sky close to Mars, Saturn and the Sagittarius constellation.

But there’s no need to panic just yet. Nasa says the asteroid isn’t coming any closer to Earth and there is no chance of it hitting our planet.

The asteroid, which measures more than 310 square miles (800,000 square kilometres) in size – 50 times wider than the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, will be visible in the night sky until July 16.

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