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This is due to its particularly small size, with asteroid experts at NASA estimating it to be 31ft (9.5m) in diameter.

Such proportions mean 2020 TG6 would incinerate in the our thick atmosphere – or simply bounce off, depending on the space rock’s exact trajectory.

But were the 11,688mph (18.81kms) speeding space rock to burn up in our blue planet’s atmosphere, it would probably delight astronomers and photographers.

This is because such events are known to create explosions called fireballs or bolides, where an extraordinary streak would be seen flashing through the night sky.