Excerpt from
thespacereporter.com

It may seem like something sourced directly from the fever of Michael Bay, but it’s true. The star known as HIP 85605 is on a collision course our solar system.

We need not worry, however. According to study conducted by Dr. Coryn Bailer-Jones of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, the binary star from the Hercules constellation will pass by our system at a distance of 0.04 parsecs.

Despite what Han Solo would have you believe, a parsec is a of distance and .04 parsecs translates to 8,000 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.

If that is still too close for comfort, know that this astronomical drive-by ’t occur for at least another 240,000 years.

“Even though the galaxy contains very many the spaces between them are huge,” Bailor-Jones said. So even over the (long) life of our galaxy so far, the probability of any two have actually collided—as opposed to just close—is small.”

The close (on a scale, anyway) will be the first since a gas giant within 0.35-1.34 pc of our solar system over 3.8 years ago, according to Bailor-Jones.