Asteroid to whiz past Earth on Christmas Eve

Asteroid To Whiz Past Earth On Christmas Eve

If your holiday wishes include an asteroid sighting, you are in luck.

Known as 163899 or 2003 SD220, it will be whizzing past Earth on Christmas Eve.

Astronomers estimate the speeding chunk of space rock measures upwards of a mile-and-a-quarter long and is moving at a speed of 5 miles per second.

Check out photos of asteroids in space:

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IN SPACE - JULY 10: This handout image provided by the European Space Agency, transmitted by the space craft Rosetta, shows the asteroid Lutetia at closest approach July 10, 2010 between Mars and Jupiter in outer space. Lutetia, about which little is known although it was discovered in 1852, is believed to be 83.3 miles (134 kilometers) in diameter. The Rosetta, which was launched in 2004, flew by Lutetia tonight at a distance of 1,900 miles (3,200 kilometers). (Photo by ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team via Getty Images)
This Dawn framing camera (FC) image of Asteroid Vesta shows Licinia crater, which is the large crater in the center of the image. Licinia has a fresh, sharp rim that is scalloped in shape. Around the side of Licinia crater there are many streaks of dark and bright material cascading towards the crater's center. This image is located in Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere. NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Oct. 11, 2011. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
The large asteroid Vesta is shown in this image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Astronauts and scientists are training in waters off Key Largo, Florida as part of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) which is meant to test equipment and man's reactions for a human rendezvous with an asteroid. (Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)
IN SPACE - JULY 10: This handout photo illustration provided by the European Space Agency, transmitted by the space craft Rosetta, shows the final sequence of images before the closest approach of the asteroid Lutetia July 10, 2010 between Mars and Jupiter in outer space. Lutetia, about which little is known although it was discovered in 1852, is believed to be 83.3 miles (134 kilometers) in diameter. The Rosetta, which was launched in 2004, flew by Lutetia tonight at a distance of 1,900 miles (3,200 kilometers). (Photo by ESA 2010 MPS for OSIRIS Team via Getty Images)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0.88 miles (1.4 kilometers). (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Image of the Vesta Ateroid. This Dawn framing camera (FC) image of Vesta shows linear grooves and ridges in Vesta's regolith. These linear features generally run diagonally across the image from the top left to the bottom right. They are less than 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) in width and some have lengths that extend across the entire image. This image is located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image on April 8, 2012. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole -- more than twice the height of Mount Everest -- is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the 'snowman' can be seen at the top left. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
Asteroid 2015 TB145 is depicted in eight individual radar images collected on Oct. 31, 2015 between 5:55 a.m. PDT (8:55 a.m. EDT) and 6:08 a.m. PDT (9:08 a.m. EDT). (Photo via NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR/NRAO/AUI/NSF)
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Experts also say that when the asteroid passes, it will do so at a distance of 6.7 million miles from our planet's surface.

Thus, it presents no danger to anyone on Earth or in the surrounding sky, be they traveling by plane or reindeer-powered sleigh.

The downside of the asteroid being so far away is telescopes and advanced skills will likely be required to view the celestial event.

In addition to sparking excitement among stargazers, news of the Christmas Eve fly-by has the conspiracy theory community buzzing.

Predictions among the latter involve continental disruptions and earthquakes.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Virgin Money Street of Lights launches with a specially designed architectural installation of 26 arches of 60,000 lights stretching along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, on November 30, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new event is part of the Edinburgh's Christmas and the show will take part on the Old Town twice a day until December 24. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: People visit the illuminated Old Town Square with the Christmas tree at the Christmas market on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of the illuminated Old Town Square with the Christmas tree at the Christmas market on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Christmas lighting illuminates crowds visiting the Christmas market in Mayor square on November 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. LED lighting is switched on in the city center during the Spanish Christmas season which stretches from November 27 until the Christian Epiphany festival on January 5 known as ''Reyes Magos''. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 28 - People skate and take pictures at the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink during the Cavalcade of Lights event on November 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 28 - The city of Toronto's official Christmas Tree was lit at Nathan Phillips Square during the Cavalcade of Lights event on November 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
People gather around the Luminarie light sculpture during the Christmas light-up festival at Garden by the Bay in Singapore on November 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: The unveiling and lighting of the Lego Christmas tree at Federation Square on November 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Over half a million Lego bricks were used to create the Christmas tree, while the Christmas star consists of 13,195 pieces. (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Getty Images)
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