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KDFW 2011-11-09 03:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2011-11-09 03:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2011-11-09 03:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2011-11-09 03:15:00 UTC
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Fox 4 News at 9
KDFW (Fox)Dallas, TX DMA: 5
Nov 08 2011 9:15PM CST
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aircraft carrier came closer to the the earth today than the moon did. very close, steve. >> that's nice. >> cse. >> that's nice astronomy knowledge right there. brandon todd is in our fort worth newsroom with the story and that's close in terms of space, right, brandon? >> yeah, that's pretty close and scientists have had this thing well withitheir telemetry for the last six years. we can't show it to you. we have to rely on nasa for that because it's hardly noticeable even with a powerful telescope. one thing is for sure, those that study outer space think this is a big deal. >> there's a meteorite that actually landed on earth probably several thousand years ago. >> don garland studied astronomy for nearly 30 years. he loves to study the space matter that hits the earth. now, he's studying one that missed. >> i would call this pretty much a near miss because we're talking about something that's coming inside the be orbit of the moon. >> and despite how close it was -- inside the orbit of the moon. >> and despite how close it was, it came close to the masses. >> it's the brightness of a piece of coal. it's hard to see black against black basically. so really and truly, this was found by radar more than a visual observation. >> the size is impressive measuring roughly the size of the fort worth museum of science and histor building or a city block and it's cruising deep space at a cool 29,000 miles per hour but its name not as impressive. 2005yu 55. >> so fact that asteroid comes close to earth is in some sense no big surprise. its trajectory has been followed for quite sometime the. >> but the good news, this won't happen. don garland did speculate, however, on what would happen if yu55 did hit the earth. >> over a small area, pretty devastating. it would not probably be an exstinktor we would call it, something that might happen to the dinosaurs because that was a three-mile wide object so this one's considerably smaller than that but it would definitely be an unpleasant day if you were directly underneath it. >> certainly think so. image is one of 8,500 image that has are currently cataloged. scientists say there are millions more out there. from our fort worth newsroom tonight, brandon todd, fox 4 news. >>
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