Asteroid about to zoom past Earth

An asteroid four football fields long will pass near Earth on Nov. 8. A space rock this big hasn’t come this close in 35 years: It will fly by at a distance of just 201,700 miles (325,000 kilometers), which is actually inside the orbit of the moon. NASA has assured the world that the asteroid, officially named 2005 YU55, poses no threat to our planet.

Because it is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely to the Earth. It gives scientists a great — and rare — chance to study a near-Earth object like this. Learn more here or here.

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