Long story short re: Asteroid 2005 YU55

Posted by Chris Raymond
on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Have you ever noticed how by the time most people use the phrase “Well, to make a long story short,” it’s usually too late? You know what I mean ... You’re standing there listening patiently to someone for like five minutes, hearing all about their Aunt Gertrude and the locusts in her cornfield or something, and you’re starting to wish for the welcome sting of death when you finally hear those oft-misused words, “Well, to make a long story short ...”

And then another five minutes pass.

Well, I’m not going to make that mistake. So, to make a long story short, Astronomy magazine Senior Editor Rich Talcott conducted a great interview with the Milwaukee Fox television affiliate, WITI, yesterday about asteroid 2005 YU55. The interview aired that evening shortly before this asteroid reached its closest point to Earth at 5:28 p.m. CST. and you can watch the video clip here.

For more information about the asteroid — including a radar image taken November 7 when the asteroid was approximately 860,000 miles (1.38 million kilometers) from Earth — click here.

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