Asteroid 2005 YU55 Makes Uneventful Closest Approach


Asteroid 2005 YU55 made its closest approach to Earth on November 8 at 10:28 PM GMT. According to NASA, the asteroid passed within 324,600 km of Earth’s center. As anticipated, there was no impact to Earth from the event. No gravitational effects are expected.

On November 7, the 70m Deep Space Network radar antenna in Goldstone, CA recorded the following video. According to NASA, this is the highest resolution radar image ever generated of a Near Earth object.


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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, Merryl now enjoys reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. After three years as Space Safety Magazine’s Managing Editor, Merryl semi-retired to Visiting Contributor and manager of the campaign to bring the International Space Station collaboration to the attention of the Nobel Peace Prize committee. She keeps her pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for NASA/NOAA contractor INNOVIM.