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Near-Earth Flyby of Large Asteroid to Occur on November 8: Chat Live This Thursday Online With Astronomers

Ask scientists about a large asteroid that will pass between the Earth and moon in a close encounter between our planet and a near-Earth object

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Image of Asteroid 2005 YU55 observed by Arecibo Telescope.

The near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 was observed from the Arecido Observatory with planetary radar on April 19, 2010, when the asteroid was about 1.5 million miles from Earth.

Credit: Arecibo Observatory/Michael Nolan


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Screen capture showing position of Asteroid 2005 YU55 as it passes closer to Earth than the moon.

Asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011.

Credit: NASA


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