23/10/2014 20:34

Earth's close encounter with giant asteroid

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A 400-meter-wide asteroid harmlessly zipped past Earth early on Wednesday, closer to our planet than the Moon’s orbit.The “space rock” named 2005 YU55 approached our planet at a distance of 325,000 kilometers (about 202,000 miles), or within 0.85 lunar distances of the Earth, at 3.28 a.m. Moscow time (23:28 GMT on Tuesday), moving at a speed of 13.7 km/sec.2005 YU55 has never been classified as a real threat to Earth.

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