Big, fast asteroid is coming our way

The near-Earth asteroid named 2005 YU55 — on the list of potentially dangerous asteroids — was observed with the Arecibo Telescope's planetary radar on April 19, 2010 when it was about 1.5 million miles from the Earth, which is about 6 times the distance to the moon.  CREDIT: Arecibo Observatory/Michael Nolan
updated 18 July 2011

A too close  flyby wil be made by Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55, will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011. The upcoming close approach by this relatively large between 110  - 240  meter-sized, C-type asteroid. Is one of the hazardous asteroids that can hit us in the future.

The asteroid 2005 YU55, is a round mini-world that is about 110  to  240 meters in diameter. In November, this asteroid will approach Earth within  0.85 lunar distances.

Orbit Diagram of 2005YU55.Too close for this big asteroid

Asteroid 2005 YU55 was discovered by Spacewatch at the University of Arizona, Tucson’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory on Dec. 28, 2005.

It will be close 

This “potentially hazardous asteroid ” will be so close that several observatorys will pay close attention on the approach to Earth, specially to predict future close approaches and determine if it can put our planet at risk of being hit.

Trajectory of Asteroid 2005 YU55 - November 8-9, 2011system Moon-Earth
This will be the closes approach of an object this big until 2028-when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.

In case you ask if it hits , what happens?




  1. about 3 football fields in diameter? seems like we can get rid of some nukes and blast it into basketball court sized, at best, threats....a fireworks show...some minor collateral damage we can prep for...maybe a minor tsunami or two...but no doomsday...the damage`d be less than what we do to ourselves now....

  2. i think it will do more damage than you think its 65000 megatons energy

  3. We should catch it and use it as floating land to isolate whatever we need to isolate form earth


  5. the bible says in revelations 18 that a giant millstone will hit the earth and babylon will be no more ..skeatesy.com