Four asteroids were set to rocket past Earth today in a series of close fly-bys, NASA has confirmed.

The giant space rocks are travelling up to 57,000 mph – and the first was set to skim Earth at around 7.15am this morning.

NASA has classed the group of asteroids as near-Earth objects and is keeping a watchful eye on them.

In a page on its site solely dedicated to tracking NEOs, Nasa listed those due to fly-by earth on Saturday.

The largest of the bunch is as tall as the Empire State Building and will fly high above Earth at around 11pm tonight.

NASA predicts the first asteroid, called 2020 GM1, will pass Earth at a distance of 2.3 million miles.

NASA has classed the group of asteroids as near-Earth objects and is keeping a watchful eye on them (Image: Getty Images)

It places the asteroid at around nine times the distances between Earth and the Moon.

That may sound far, but it’s relatively close in space terms – and NASA considers anything passing within 120 million miles of our planet as near-Earth objects.

GM1 is only one of the asteroids which are closing in speeds of 57,000 miles per hour.

Other asteroids include 2020 GUI, which will approach at 8.48am and 2020 GG which will shows face at 3.21pm.

Other asteroids include 2020 GUI, which will approach at 8.48am and 2020 GG shows it face at 3.21pm

The largest asteroid, 2004 FG11, will pass Earth at 6pm, and is the largest of Easter weekend’s asteroids.

It is 1,246ft long, which is as big as the Empire State Building.

Astronomers are currently tracking nearly 2,000 asteroids, comets and other objects that threaten our planet.

According to Nasa’s a NEO is a gterm used to describe “comets and asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.”

Earth hasn’t seen an asteroid of apocalyptic scale since the space rock that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

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