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A little grainy, but here it is.

This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained yesterday, Nov. 7, when the space rock was about 860,000 miles from Earth. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A photograph of the massive, 1,300-foot wide asteroid 2005 YU55 – which will pass extremely close to Earth today – was released by NASA.  The aircraft-carrier-sized object is not a threat, scientists say, but it will be closer to our planet than the moon.

The asteroid will reach its closest point to Earth today at 6:28 p.m. EST. It might be difficult for an amateur astronomer to see, but here’s some fabulous advice from Sky and Telescope.

Scientists were expecting to photograph the object as it speed by Earth. The imaging will continue and we’ll be sure to post additional photos here on Space Oddities. This is the first time astronomers know about a flyby of an object this large.