Could Asteroid 2005 YU55 Destroy the Moon? ( - An asteroid four football fields long will pass near Earth on Nov. 8. A space rock this big hasn’t come this close in 35 years: It will fly by at a distance of just 201,700 miles (325,000 kilometers), which is actually inside the orbit of the moon. NASA has assured the world that the asteroid, officially named 2005 YU55, poses no threat to our planet. But what about our planet’s loyal sidekick? Is the moon in danger?

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