A Recent History of Asteroids Nearly Destroying Earth

2005 YU55

Date: 11/8/2011

Our most recent threat came within 324,604 kilometers of Earth, making it the biggest asteroid to come near the planet in over 35 years. Measured larger than the size of an aircraft carrier (400 meters), scientists had dismissed all risks of impact in advance and have monitored its recent activity, which looks to be headed in the direction of the Sun. However, future trajectory has YU55 passing us again on Nov. 12, 2041, nearly 9,300,000 miles from the Earth.

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