No, the 'Christmas Eve Asteroid' Flying by Us Will Not Destroy Earth, NASA Says

The asteroid will zip past our planet at a distance of 6.8 million miles.

The 3,600-foot-long asteroid 2003 SD220 will fly by Earth tonight at a safe distance of 6.8 million miles, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The asteroid will actually make its closest flyby to Earth in 2018, but it's still expected to be a safe distance away, at about 1.7 million miles, according to Lance Benner, who leads JPL's asteroid radar research program.

Meanwhile, NASA's Near-Earth Object office is taking to Twitter to debunk reports and concerns the asteroid could wipe out our planet before the end of the year.