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Close Encounter of an Asteroid Kind

by Claudine Zap
The bad news first: An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will be hurtling toward Earth next Tuesday. The good news: The space rock will not, repeat not, hit Earth. Even though NASA has classified asteroid 2005 YU55¬†as a “potentially hazardous object.” Even though it will pass closer to our planet than the moon. It will do just that: pass by. But the 1,300-foot-wide object, which will be just 201,700 miles away from Earth, offers a rare scientific opportunity. “Asteroids have passed this close or even closer in the past, but astronomers have not had as much

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