The Asteroid That Will Zip Past Earth Tonight

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In this short video, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory gives us the scoop on 2005 YU55, the aircraft carrier-sized asteroid that will fly past our planet on November 8, 2011. The asteroid is not expected to hit Earth in the next 100 years, but if it were to collide with the Earth, it is estimated that it would create a crater four miles wide and 1,700 feet deep, creating a shock equivalent to a magnitude seven earthquake. 

This animation, courtesy of Wikipedia, illustrates the expected trajectory of the asteroid past the Earth and the Moon:

For more videos from NASA, visit http://www.nasa.gov/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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