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November 08, 2011

Asteroid Flyby

An aircraft carrier-sized asteroid passed by the Earth this afternoon. The closest approach was at 6:28 p.m. Eastern, inside the Moon's orbit--its closest approach in 35 years. From Space.com:

The asteroid 2005 YU55 came within 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) of Earth at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) Tuesday evening before speeding off into deep space once again at about 29,000 mph (46,700 kph).

Space.com provides this infographic:

Learn about the huge asteroid 2005 YU55's close pass by Earth in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

Video below the fold.


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