Asteroid 2005 YU55

Asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass Earth on Tuesday

WRITTEN BY: Janelle Vreeland
Asteroid 2005 YU55
Image Source: NASA/Cornell/Arecibo via Wikimedia Commons
Asteroid 2005 YU55

Asteroid 2005 YU55 is expected to buzz past Earth on Tuesday.

WSMV reports that Asteroid 2005 YU55 is 1,300 feet across. It's expected to be 203,000 miles from Earth at its closest point at 6:28 p.m., Eastern Time. The asteroid was discovered and cataloged in 2005.

The last time an object of a similar size to Asteroid 2005 YU55 came this close to Earth was in 1976. The next expected such flyby will occur in 2028.

Asteroid 2005 YU55 has been placed on the "potentially hazardous asteroid" list because of its size and because it will come so close to Earth.

Asteroid 2005 YU55 belongs to a group of carbon-rich asteroids that researchers believe to be among the most primitive objects remaining from the solar system's planet-forming period, dating back 4.5 billion years.

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