Close encounter of the Asteroid kind

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Close encounter of the Asteroid kind

Post by rwilkinson » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:32 am

Large asteroid 2005 YU55 – the largest close-approaching asteroid on record – will sweep closest to Earth on November 8. About a quarter mile wide (400 meters) – round and dark – 2005 YU55 will be 198,000 miles (319,000 kilometers) from Earth’s surface. It will be closer than the orbit of the moon. ... november-8

But it will be really faint (11th magnitude) and low in the SW sky, so not much chance of seeing it through the clouds!

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