Large Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Pass Earth — Closer Than Moon

Asteroid 2005 YU55Edward Lovett and Ned Potter Report on ABC News:

We have a visitor — a large asteroid called 2005 YU55 that is expected to come within approximately 201,700 miles of Earth on Tuesday, according to NASA. That’s slightly less than the distance from Earth to the moon.

Asteroids often pass this close, but most are tiny. Countless thousands of pieces come plunging into the atmosphere, but they burn up without doing any harm. If they’re as large as grains of sand, we may, if we’re lucky, see them in the night sky as shooting stars.

But 2005 YU55 is at least 1,300 feet wide — larger than an aircraft carrier, according to radar measurements. The last time an asteroid this big passed by was in 1976, and the next one scientists know of won’t be until 2028, NASA says. (There have been some rude surprises in between, but not involving anything remotely as large.)
Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif., said this fly-by is an opportunity to learn more about c-type — that is, carbon-based — asteroids, to find “clues as to what it was like when our solar system was forming.”

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  • guy fauXs

    Keep your eyes open tonight. When big events like this occur and lots of people are gazing up other “events” are more likely to occur. Just sayin. Don’t be surprised if there’s a big sighting tonight…

    • Divergordon

      You planning something Guy?

      • guy fauXs

        How about some Chinese lanterns. Might cheer the place up a bit…

  • guy fauXs

    Keep your eyes open tonight. When big events like this occur and lots of people are gazing up other “events” are more likely to occur. Just sayin. Don’t be surprised if there’s a big sighting tonight…

  • Divergordon

    You planning something Guy?

  • Sophiagutierrez88

    I had a dream last night that something hit earth then the moon hit earth and the sun was getting closer and black smoke and fire filled earth.. And when I woke up I hear the new that there’s an asteroid passing by earth! Kind of crazy! I hope I get to see it! 

  • Sophiagutierrez88

    I had a dream last night that something hit earth then the moon hit earth and the sun was getting closer and black smoke and fire filled earth.. And when I woke up I hear the new that there’s an asteroid passing by earth! Kind of crazy! I hope I get to see it! 

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  • WhenYouGottaGo

    Wow…am imagining what things here on earth would have been like had it hit the moon…

    Interesting, to say the least!

  • WhenYouGottaGo

    Wow…am imagining what things here on earth would have been like had it hit the moon…

    Interesting, to say the least!

  • guy fauXs

    How about some Chinese lanterns. Might cheer the place up a bit…

  • Anonymous

    Someone posted a video on YouTube that shows this up close, and it has lights and
    huge structures on it.  They give a link to the image too, and it looks legit to me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWT8waPUg8c

  • kapowi

    Someone posted a video on YouTube that shows this up close, and it has lights and
    huge structures on it.  They give a link to the image too, and it looks legit to me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWT8waPUg8c

    • Andrew

      There are definitely artifacts on that asteroid…  made by aliens from the planet J-Peg.

  • CaseyLee

    So which countries will be able to spot it?

  • CaseyLee

    So which countries will be able to spot it?

  • Andrew

    There are definitely artifacts on that asteroid…  made by aliens from the planet J-Peg.

  • Andrew

    There are definitely artifacts on that asteroid…  made by aliens from the planet J-Peg.

  • laughing stock

    good time for iran to test its nuclear weapons

  • laughing stock

    good time for iran to test its nuclear weapons

  • http://profiles.google.com/skeatesy christopher.phillip skeates

    revelation 18 of the bible impact by a giant milstone and the mayon father on youtube predicts an asteroid collision with the earth which lines up with the stars and planets alinement theory soon the earth will be over when new york is hit i rememberence of september 11 and wo to man for woman will rule the earth after this as mans most frightening nightmare approaches .. the asteroid which hit the comet which hit the meteor which hit the dark matter which swung around saturn to miss mars and a direct shot into the atlantic on earth .. skeatesy.com

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