Giant asteroid flyby 2005 YU55 passes over Earth, closer than the Moon (Video)

By on Nov 9, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments

The giant asteroid flyby ‘2005 YU55’ passed over Earth on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 as shown in the first movie video by NASA below, and apparently closer than the Moon.

Giant asteroid 2005 YU55 (Nov, 7, 2011)
Image Credit: JPLnews/NASA

As noted at, the asteroid 2005 YU55 came closest to Earth on Tuesday, 6:28 p.m. EST (23:28 GMT) as being expected; with a distance of around 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) far from our planet.

As earlier reported, the said distance is about 0.85 the distance from the moon to Earth, which is about 238,854 miles (384,399 kilometers). Scientist said that it will not hit the moon, considering its big size.

The huge space rock is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) wide and the last time an asteroid this size came closest to Earth was in 1976 and the next time is being expected to be in 2028.

Immediately afterwards, the giant asteroid was said to have traveled back to deep space at about 29,000 mph (46,700 kph) and scientists said it did not pose danger to Earth and to the moon as well.

“We would really like to characterize it as much as possible, and learn about its past and about its future,” Marina Brozovic, a scientist with NASA‘s Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), was quoted in the report.

“I really can’t wait to see the images.” Brozovic added, with the 2005 YU55 reportedly discovered in 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in University of Arizona.

First Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55
Video Credit: JPLnews/YouTube

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