Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Asteroid YU55... larger than an aircraft carrier and closer than the moon passes Earth doing no Harm - 9th Nov 2011

For those capable of grasping astronomical distances, this is what they would probably describe as a near miss.

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier yesterday whistled past Earth at a distance of 202,000 miles away – slightly nearer than the Moon.

It is the largest such object to come so close in 35 years but the experts at Nasa remained relaxed, ruling out any chance of impact with the space rock known as 2005 YU55. Read More