It is not Apophis, yet it is attracting a lot of attention! Due to it’s current position and path, all cognizant eyes were set toward the skies this evening to see a near-grazing of the planet. An asteroid was en route to buzz Planet Earth around supper time!
It is 5:31 p.m. CST right now. This asteroid, 2005 YU55, is supposed to have buzzed by Earth within a range of 202,000 miles! According to distances in space, that nearly is a smacking! The actual positioning of the space rock brought it in between Earth and The Moon. Yet, the experts working with N.A.S.A. are saying that 2005 YU55 will NOT collide with Earth. It is locked within a revolution of our planet, but it is not expected to impact the planet at any time during this century.
YU55 apparently is one of a group of space rocks that pass within near distances of our planet, regularly. Asteroids of this size rush by Earth usually one time per century, with one actually impacting the planet once every 100,000 years. It is recognized that impacts upon Earth by asteroids and meteors have occurred many times in our planet’s history because of all of the past evidence of collisions. These types of incidences invoke recollections of the 1908 Tunguska impact, which devastated more than 800 miles of Russia, while creating an explosion that was 1,000 times more powerful than the World War II atomic detonation at Hiroshima.
N.A.S.A. currently is involved with a possibly miniscule program that is geared toward finding asteroids that could collide with Earth. The space organization works with The Jet Propulsion Laboratory to track space-faring objects that have the potential to bring damage to our planet. During 2009, the organizations compiled a report to give details about the numbers of asteroids that pose potential threats to our planet. The information colleced between them, accompanied by findings accumulated by The W.I.S.E. Telescope, show that a possible amount of 20,000 asteroids and meteors, ranging between .062 miles wide and .621 miles wide, could be within paths that might bring them toward impacts upon Earth.
2005 YU55 is supposed to be roughly 1,300 feet wide. It is supposed to be extremely dark, black, due to being carbon-filled. It is the largest asteroid to come within a near distance to Earth over the past thirty-five years. The exact calculations show that it is to pass by Earth within 201, 700 miles by 5:28 p.m. CST. This is in between the distance that separates Earth from The Moon. However, A telescope will be required to view it because it will remain small to the eye, and likely hidden behind other space objects. Another asteroid will not pass so close to our planet until October 2028.
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