Citrus County folks who may want to try and catch a glimpse of the YU55 Asteroid that will be passing between the earth and the moon will have their best chance on Nov 8, 2011 around 6:30 p.m. The giant space rock will pass pass just 201,700 miles from Earth, inside the Moon’s orbit. It last passed us in April last year—when it was 1.5 million miles away. You’ll want to find the highest location in your area, away from town lights and here’s what to expect as YU55 streaks by. Moon illumination shouldn’t be an issue even though the next full moon is on the 10th. Actually, the sky should be fully illuminated as the closest pass to Earth will happen at about 6:30 PM Eastern Time Tuesday evening. All we have to do is hope for clear skies. Search for the star Altair at about that time (Altair is the 12th brightest star in the sky), and then watch for 2005 YU55 — astronomers estimate its size as about that of an aircraft carrier. You’ll need a telescope and the ability to track it (it will be moving fast, remember). NASA says it should be easily viewed by observers in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. No problem, right? Check back with us and we will have some more pertinent information you’ll need in order to catch a glimpse of YU55!
If something this size were to ever hit the earth it would create a crater six miles wide and have the explosive force of 65,000 Hiroshima bombs.