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's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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