Asteroid Approaches Earth on November 8: Discuss It Online With an NSF Astronomer
Chat online November 8 with an NSF astronomer about a rare large asteroid that will travel closer to Earth than the moon does
On the evening of Nov. 8, 2011, an outlet-mall-sized asteroid, known as "2005 YU55," will flyby Earth, missing it by only 200,000 miles. This close encounter--a rare event for a near-Earth object of its size having a diameter of 400 meters or 1,330 feet--will create exceptional observing opportunities for scientists and backyard astronomers using telescopes.
On November 8 at 1:30 p.m. EDT--six hours before the asteroid's flyby--The Washington Post will host a live online chat about the asteroid with National Science Foundation (NSF) astrophysicist Thomas Statler. Statler is a planetary scientist with special expertise in near-Earth objects.
The WashingtonPost.com chat provides an excellent opportunity to ask Statler about these and other topics:
The Washington Post chat with Statler will be archived online after it is completed.
In addition, on Nov. 3, 2011, Science magazine hosted a live online chat about 2005 YU55 with Scott Fisher, another NSF astronomer, which is also archived online.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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