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Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data taken in April of 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico.

Credit: Reuters/NASA/Cornell/Arecibo/Handout

“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.”

— Irene Klotz, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla | Fri Nov 4, 2011 6:56pm EDT (Reuters)

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