Huge Asteroid Headed This Way
November 3, 2011 by staff
Huge Asteroid Headed This Way, A huge asteroid just “barely” miss Earth when flying next week. According to NASA, on 8 November, 2005 YU55 asteroid will come within 201 700 km of the Earth. This may sound a lot but in reality it is only 0.85 the distance from Earth to the Moon.
It is not uncommon for asteroids that pass so close, but the size of this asteroid is what makes it so remarkable.
The asteroid 2005 YU55 is 1,300 feet wide. That’s the size of an aircraft carrier.
Scientists plan to study because they believe that asteroids of this type can have life on Earth possible because they deliver organic, carbon-based materials.
The last time an asteroid of this size to pass near the Earth was 1976. According to the predictions of NASA, the next will not occur until 2028.
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