Asteroid 2005 YU55 will approach Earth at a distance of 137,000 kilometers
In November 2011, near-Earth asteroid fly great. U.S. astronomers have discovered him in 2005, so the asteroid and was named 2005 YU55. According to astronomers, the celestial body closest approach to the Earth than the Moon, which is quite rare.
— The magnitude of it is small — a maximum of 11.2, but the human eye can only fifth and higher value (the count is conducted to enhance the brightness in the opposite direction — approx. "KP") — Told reporters, "Komsomolskaya Pravda" Oksana Vasilyeva, a member of the planetarium, Siberian State Academy of Geodesy. — But in the telescope (with a diameter of the lens is at least 15 centimeters) to see the asteroid can be. However, in the night of observations we have a full moon, which could prevent. The very visible part of the time of flight is not the best.
According to our interlocutor, the flight of the asteroid 2005 YU55 can be observed from 23 hours 28 minutes UT on 8 November (in Novosibirsk, it will be early in the morning November 9 — 6.28 local time). Oksana Vasilyeva also noted that through nearly eight hours asteroid will approach the Earth as close — 137,000 kilometers (compared to our planet and the moon — 384,000 miles).
However, do not despair Siberians, because watch the flight of the asteroid can be for another day.
That is, for example, late at night on November 9 telescopes cosmic body will still be visible. By the way, before midnight the constellation Aquila, Delphine, Pegasus and Pisces, where to look for 2005 YU55, located in the southern and south-western part of the sky.
— It used to be that the asteroid threatens Earth — said Oksana I.. — But now it is known that in the next hundred years, our planet, he just will not face.
Asteroid 2005 YU55
Diameter across: about 400 meters.
Weight: 55 million tons.
Form: close to spherical.
Ingredients: carbon and its compounds.