An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier is sailing toward Earth, NASA says.
Never fear, however. The space agency says that although next week's flyby of Asteroid 2005 YU55 will bring the rock closer to our home planet than even the moon gets, the asteroid will cruise safely past, leaving in its wake not destruction but data.
|The agency has already begun using radio waves to scan the 1,300-foot-wide space rock, which will get closest to Earth on Tuesday at about 3:30 p.m. PT|
|An extraterrestrial rock hasn't come this close to Earth since 1976, and we won't witness another such close encounter till 2028, NASA says. YU55 itself hasn't come this near for 200 years. Amateur astronomers who want to check it out for themselves will need a telescope with an aperture of 6 inches or larger, the agency says.|
I love articles like these because they remind me about how crazy the universe is.
Seems like something some people here might be interested in watching as well.