Incoming! First New Image of 2005 YU55
This radar image of 1300-foot-wide (400 meter) 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.
This asteroid will pass by Earth tomorrow at 6:28 pm EST, coming within 85% of the distance to the Moon. It’s the closest such pass of an object this large since 1976.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech