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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - A huge asteroid will pass closer to Earth than the moon Tuesday, giving scientists a rare chance for study without having to go through the time and expense of launching a probe, officials said.

Earth's close encounter with Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will occur at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) Tuesday, as the space rock sails about 201,000 miles from the planet.

"It is the first time since 1976 that an object of this size has passed this closely to the Earth. It gives us a great -- and rare -- chance to study a near-Earth object like this," astronomer Scott Fisher, a program director with the National Science Foundation, said Thursday during a Web chat with reporters.

The orbit and position of the asteroid, which is about 1,312 feet in diameter, is well known, added senior research scientist Don Yeomans, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon," Yeomans said.

Thousands of amateur and professional astronomers are expected to track YU 55's approach, which will be visible from the planet's northern hemisphere. It will be too dim to be seen with the naked eye, however, and it will be moving too fast for viewing by the Hubble Space Telescope.

"The best time to observe it would be in the early evening on November 8 from the East Coast of the United States," Yeomans said. "It is going to be very faint, even at its closest approach. You will need a decent-sized telescope to be able to actually see the object as it flies by."

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It'll come closer than the moon, but won't hit us.
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I can't wait until it comes back... even closer...
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No chance of it hitting the Earth or moon? Like I'm going to trust what some farmer tells me, I'm getting out of here!
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Aw man, I got excited for a second.

Anyways, pretty cool stuff, can't wait to see the inevitable incredibly high-def pictures of it.
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It's probably just the moon


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3:28 a.m. this Wednesday I shall watch the sky with great anticipation.


I wonder if I can see it from Dubai...I really hope so.
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So...it won't hit us
It won't hit the moon
It won't affect the tides
Aaand...we won't be able to see it.


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No chance of it hitting the Earth or moon? Like I'm going to trust what some farmer tells me, I'm getting out of here!

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Isn't this the one where if it goes through a very specific spot in space (gravitational keyhole), the next time comes around it will hit us?
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3:28 a.m. this Wednesday I shall watch the sky with great anticipation.


I wouldn't bother

It’ll only get to a magnitude of about 11 — only 1/100th as bright as the faintest star you can see with your unaided eye — so you’ll need a decent-sized (12.5 cm at least) telescope to see it.

[/shamelessly stolen from Bad Astronomy]
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It's probably just the moon


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What the **** does that mean?
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What the **** does that mean?


He thinks UG are so stupid that we don't realise who's making the post.

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I mean the BL thing
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He does it to feel unique and wellknown.

People hate on it.

He does it more.

We all just want some acknowledgement.