Check Out Whopping Asteroid That Hurtled Past Earth (VIDEO)

EarthDid you -- like me -- totally miss the gimongous (no, that's not a scientific term) asteroid that buzzed by Earth last night?

Don't worry, Asteroid 2005 YU55, which measures a whopping 1,300 feet wide and zipped as close as 200,000 miles from our humble planet (at a breakneck speed of 30,000 mph), was only the closest an asteroid has been to Earth in ... um ... let's see ... the last 200 years! It was also the largest space rock to zoom our way since 1976. And you know, you'll have another chance to see one about as big in 2028. (What's a 17-year wait among friends?)

No, but seriously, don't kick yourself. You couldn't see the thing with the naked eye, anyway -- you would have to have had a telescope of some sort or other. And as is so often the case, thanks to the wonders of the web, the view is probably better from where you're sitting right now.

There are lots of ways to get a gander of the asteroid right on your own computer.

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Since NASA never considered the asteroid to be a threat to Earth, you probably want to pass by the plethora of fear-mongering videos up on YouTube. (Well, OK, admittedly, there's something amusing about this one, which is set to a bombastic song titled "Run for Your Life." And this one, featuring animations depicting the asteroid's expected approach, includes a pretty fab computer-animated explosion.)

But if you want the cold, hard facts, you should really look to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The JPL has lots of helpful info on its Asteroid Watch website, including photos, explanations delivered via video and text.

And you can even check out the first movie footage of Asteroid 2005 YU55. Then again, you don't actually have to go anywhere to watch that. I'm posting it, for your viewing pleasure, below. See? You really didn't miss anything after all!

Were you disappointed to have missed seeing the asteroid as it zipped by Earth?

 

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