An asteroid is to pass between Earth and the moon early next week, but NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme insists there is no danger it will hit us. 2005 YU55 is the largest asteroid to come so close since the mid-70’s.
If 2005 YU55 were to hit the planet, the impact would be disastrous. It would likely create a four-mile crater, sending 70ft tsunami waves across the globe. Many lives would be lost and there would be serious long-term implications for life on this planet.
The last time 2005 YU55 came so close to Earth was 200 years ago, but NASA insists that it knows the asteroid’s orbit very well and there is no chance of a collision. At least not this time. But there remains a chance that one day far off in the future, 2005 YU55 will hit us.