The U.S. space agency, NASA, says an asteroid measuring 400 meters in diameter will pass the Earth within the orbit of the moon in November, giving scientists their best opportunity so far to closely observe a space rock this large.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 is classified as a potentially hazardous Near-Earth Object, but NASA says it poses no threat for at least the next 100 years. Astronomers say the asteroid will fly past the Earth November 8 within a distance of only 326,400 kilometers. That is 15 percent closer to the planet than the moon.
NASA is eagerly preparing for the asteroid’s approach with plans for a wide variety of radar, visual and infrared observations, including using the radar capabilities at its Deep Space Network facility in Goldstone, California, and the huge Arecibo dish in Puerto Rico.
The space agency says the next known close fly-by to rival asteroid 2005 YU55 will not occur for 17 years, in 2028, when a different asteroid will pass within 230,400 kilometers of the Earth.
Astronomers working on the Spacewatch project at the University of Arizona’s Tucson Lunar and Planetary Laboratory discovered asteroid 2005 YU55 in December 2005.
Asteroids are made of materials, such as rock, ice and metals, that were left over after the planets formed 4.6 billion years ago. Besides looking for ways of protecting the Earth from deadly collisions, scientists study asteroids to learn more about the origins and diversity of the planets in the solar system, as well as the origin of life. Human spaceflight one day might include visiting asteroids or even mining them for valuable metals and other resources.
The average distance from the Earth to the moon is about 384,000 kilometers. The actual distance at any particular time varies because the Moon travels in an elliptical orbit around the sun. The moon’s distance from the Earth can range from a perigee (closest point) of 363,100 kilometers to an apogee (farthest point) of 405,700 kilometers.
NASA Warning: Huge Asteroid to Pass Near Earth in November 8!http://www.space.com/11310-huge-aste...-november.html NASA Warning: Huge Asteroid to Pass Near Earth in November 8!
Mark your calendars for an impressive and upcoming flyby of an asteroid that’s one of the larger potentially perilous space rocks in the heavens – in terms of smacking the Earth in the future.
It’s the case of asteroid 2005 YU55, a round mini-world that is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in diameter. In early November, this asteroid will approach Earth within a scant 0.85 lunar distances.
Due the object’s size and whisking by so close to Earth, an extensive campaign of radar, visual and infrared observations are being planned.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 was discovered by Spacewatch at the University of Arizona, Tucson’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory on Dec. 28, 2005.
Close and big
“The close Earth approach of 2005 YU55 on Nov. 8, is unusual since it is close and big. On average, one wouldn’t expect an object this big to pass this close but every 30 years,” said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Asteroid 2005 YU55 is a slow rotator. Because of its size and proximity to Earth, the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., has designated the space rock as a “potentially hazardous asteroid.”
Youtuber – 5T4RSCREAM Who Posted “Comet Elenin Decoded – Account Was Suddenly Terminated
Well this is another indication of that something is going on out there in space. And authority’s do not want us to know about it. Personally I believe to that this was done to him deliberate, because he was getting to close to the TRUTH, rather than that it could be just coincidence no! it is because the original video he posted in his thread titled: Comet Elenin Decoded – The Awakening, is true! This video are now no longer active due to the video maker 5T4RSCREAM (StarScream) account being terminated. Mysteriously and suddenly terminated. Due to that fact, as well as the fact that we are seeing even more evidence and/or at the very least an increased interest in Comet Elenin and what it may hold in store for our Earth. This prooves once again that Youtube ( owned by Google) is a government lackey of the worst kind. This is what spy-lackey YouTube leave us with as reason for termination