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At 6:38 p.m. ET on Tuesday, a 400-meter wide asteroid made its closest approach to Earth, passing below the orbit of the moon. Although asteroid 2005 YU55 came no closer than 201,000 miles from our atmosphere, this is the largest near-Earth object on record to come so close to our planet.
As the asteroid glides away peacefully, continuing its orbit around the sun, Keck Observatory astronomers will continue to track the object, streaming the event live from the Keck II Remote Operations room in Kamuela, Hawaii. The feed — shown below — will go live at 7 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (9 p.m. PST, midnight EST).