Monster asteroid which 'could cause earthquakes and volcanoes' will skim past Earth on Christmas Eve
A colossal asteroid so big some claim its gravitational pull could cause earthquakes and volcanoes on Earth is set to skim past the planet on Christmas Eve.
The 1.5 mile wide slab of space rock - known as 2003 SD220 - is so large it could potentially wipe out a continent in the case of a direct hit.
This monster asteroid is one of 17 being closely monitored by Nasa and other astronomy experts due to its proximity to earth.
Scientists now believe this asteroid, and some others, could be even bigger than calculated as it is thought part of their mass may have been shrouded in darkness.
The news may fuel rumours by conspiracy theorists that a mysterious Planet X four times the size of Jupiter will pass the Earth this month.