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  1. Holy Diver

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    For those interested in near Earth objects, next week should be pretty interesting (or not depending on your access to telescopes)

    November 8th, asteroid YU55 will pass between Earth and the Moon. According to JPL and NASA:

    The closest approach to Earth and the Moon will be respectively 0.00217 AU and 0.00160 AU on 2011 November 8 at 23:28 and November 9 at 07:13 UT.

    217,000 miles from Earth
    160,000 miles from the Moon

    Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Approach Earth on November 8, 2011

    Its pretty big, the size of an aircraft carrier. Apparently its not easy to see, as it is black. However there are some pictures of it through radar

    YU55 asteroid hurtling towards Earth but scientists say it will just miss us | Mail Online

    in an unrelated story, the government is planning the first ever nationwide test of the emergency broadcast system on Nov 9th at 2pm EST.

    Emergency Alert System set for national test Nov. 9 | The Daily News Journal | dnj.com

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