Asteroid 2005 YU55

Published November 8, 2011 by Tony

Asteroid will zoom by Earth


Great as an aircraft carrier, the asteroid "2005 Yu55" will cross Earth’s orbit at a distance never so close to Earth since 1976. According to NASA, it will pass roughly 203,000 miles from Earth, just inside the moon’s orbital distance. The perigee is scheduled at 6:28 p.m., Eastern time, on Tuesday. The asteroid – roughly spherical with a diameter of about 400 meters – will have no detectable effect of gravity and to observe it from Earth will require an optical telescope with a lens at least 15 cm.

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