File photo: dwarf planet Ceres is seen in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this undated artist’s conception released by NASA January 22, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/ESA/handout via Reuters
A huge asteroid so close to Earth that it is visible to the naked eye.
The space rock, known as 4 Vesta is four times the size of the united kingdom and so bright that it can be seen from 106 million miles away.
It is visible in both hemispheres of the brain, where it can be seen in the night sky near Mars, Saturn and the constellation of Sagittarius.
The asteroid measures more than the 326 km in diameter, 50 times larger than the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs, visible in the night sky until 16 July.
Vesta was first discovered in 1807 and was named after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home, which is sister to Ceres – the name of the largest asteroid in the belt, which measures 587 km in diameter.
Ceres was recently classified as a dwarf planet.
The rock is located in the asteroid belt and is one of the largest known to man.
Of the Earth, to the immense stone appears as a dim yellow dot.
Vesta is easy to identify in comparison with other asteroids in the same belt as the surface is more reflective than the moon.
The asteroid belt is a ring of space debris that orbits around the sun between Mars and Jupiter.
Most recently, Vesta was closer to our planet than in 20 years.
The surface of the asteroid is pockmarked with craters thought to have been caused by a large smash the rock found in the first few years.
The largest crater is 285 km in diameter.
Vesta is also known for having one of the highest peaks ever by the man, a 13-metre-high mountain on the south pole.
It is almost as high as the highest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars, is 15 metres high.
The Mount Everest is only 5.5 miles long.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.