Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Here Comes the Asteroids - 2005 YU55 Starts its Epic Approach

Perhaps now we have heard everything there is to know about 2005 YU55, and it is definitely probable. If you 'Google' the term 2005 YU55, thousands of sites will tell you the day of doom is upon us, and that this asteroid will strike the earth, but we know this not to be true, thankfully. At least we know that astronomers have enough knowledge to say that 2005 YU55 won't strike earth, observe:
I’ve seen some small amount of buzz on the usual conspiracy sites about this asteroid, and I do see some folks trying to play this up a bit (search on "YU55 doomsday" for example), but fear-mongering chatter is surprisingly low for this event. I expect that by this fall you’ll be seeing breathless YouTube videos accusing NASA of covering up a imminent impact — and I don’t say this blithely; it’s happened before. Remember asteroid 2007 TU24? No? That’s because nothing happened, despite the claims of panic-promoters. (From BadAstronomy.com)
The truth is out - 2005 YU55 will not strike earth. And, NASA is ready for the asteroid's passing tonight! Below is an image (courtesy of NASA) of 2005 YU55. "This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST (2:45 p.m. EST/1945 UTC), when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles, or 1.38 million kilometers, from Earth." Hopefully, the video beneath the picture will work; it is an example video from NASA.

"Radar observations from the Arecibo Planetary Radar Facility in Puerto Rico will begin Nov. 8, the same day the asteroid will make its closest approach to Earth at 3:28 p.m. PST (6:28 p.m. EST/1128 UTC)," NASA says as they plan to photograph this close approach. Hopefully, I will be able to find a hoard of photographs to publish tomorrow on the 'effects' of 2005 YU55!! (Hopefully (& definitely) they will not be geological!)

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