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, I now enjoy reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. I lead a fantastic all-volunteer staff as Managing Editor of Space Safety Magazine and keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for INNOVIM, a NASA/NOAA contractor. In my spare time, you’ll find me advocating for greater appreciation of the International Space Station, supporting International Space University projects, and every so often, reading a book.