Slooh, a robotic telescope service, hosted a special livestream of the asteroid on its website Slooh.com last night.
If you missed the broadcast, you can watch Slooh footage of the fast flying space rock by watching the video below.
The footage of asteroid 2017 BX – nicknamed Rerun – was captured by Slooh telescopes in the Canary Islands.
During the broadcast, Slooh astronomers answered questions about the newly discovered asteroid and its discovery.
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Slooh astronomer Eric Edelman said: "I'd put it on the equivalent of an orca, or a killer whale.
"We're looking for a killer whale floating out in space over 100,000 miles away from us."
The asteroid, about 18 to 40 feet across, was moving at about 17,000 miles per hour as it came 30% closer to the earth than the moon.
The flying rock was discovered just four days ago by scientists at PANSTARRS.
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It is the second object of its size to pass near Earth over the last three weeks and came within just 162,252 miles away from earth, 30 percent closer than the Moon.
The rock is too small and too small-moving to pose any threat to Earth.
If it had been on a collision course with our planet it would have burned up in the atmosphere – assuming that it was made of rock and not metal.