Photo Gallery: Asteroid passes close to earth

Jet Propulsion Laboratory's project lead scientist Lance Benner talks about the asteroid 2005 YU55 radar image that was created from radar echoes recorded by the 70-meter wide (230-foot) Deep Space Network antenna in the background at Goldstone, in the Mojave Desert, north of Barstow, on Monday, November 7, 2011. The 1,300-foot wide asteroid will come closest to earth on Tuesday, November 8, within the moon's orbit but will pose no danger to the earth.

( Raul Roa/Staff Photographer )

Jet Propulsion Laboratory's project lead scientist Lance Benner talks about the asteroid 2005 YU55 radar image that was created from radar echoes recorded by the 70-meter wide (230-foot) Deep Space Network antenna in the background at Goldstone, in the Mojave Desert, north of Barstow, on Monday, November 7, 2011. The 1,300-foot wide asteroid will come closest to earth on Tuesday, November 8, within the moon's orbit but will pose no danger to the earth.

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