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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Asteroid 2005 YU55 passed
closer to the Earth than the Moon!

here for the SpaceWeather.com story
here for the Sky&Telescope story:

"Roll out the red carpet! Earth is about to be visited by the largest close-approaching asteroid on record. Known as 2005 YU55, it comes closest to us on November 8th at 6:28 pm EST, when it passes 198,000 miles (319,000 km) from Earth's surface closer than the Moon's orbit. It will be visible from the Americas and Europe through much of the night."

Click here for a detailed chart for tonight
here for printer-friendly chart

Image taken by ACA member Jason Shinn
Asteroid 2005 YU55 (thin line)
30sec @ ISO1600
6 inch (152mm) Meade refractor
LXD55 German equatorial mount
Canon Digital Rebel XT @ prime focus

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Live AccuWeather Satellite Mosaic

Solar System objects rise/set times on this date
Jet Stream (updates automatically to latest available image)
    The Jet Stream affects astronomical "seeing" (steadiness of the air)
    If we're in a gray area, seeing will not be as good as in a white area.
    If we're in a white area, the shorter the arrows, the better.

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