Asteroid YU55

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Asteroid YU55

Postby neil0748 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:20 pm

An asteroid bigger than an aircraft carrier will dart between the Earth and Moon on Tuesday - the closest encounter by such a huge rock in 35 years - but it will not hit the Earth, scientists say.The asteroid, named 2005 YU55, is being watched by ground antennas as it approaches from the direction of the Sun. The last time it came within so-called shouting distance was 200 years ago.Closest approach will occur at 6.28pm EST (11.28pm GMT) on Tuesday when the asteroid passes within 202,000 miles of Earth. That is closer than the roughly 240,000 miles between the Earth and the Moon.
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RE: Asteroid YU55

Postby neil0748 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:43 pm

for anyone who wants to track the asteroid click on this link http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/player/?document=http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/content/documents/yu55/yu55.xml
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