November 4th, 2011
10:45 AM ET


Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to a couple Twitter accounts that tweet about asteroids.

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier is heading toward Earth and it will pass closer to our planet than the moon, according to NASA’s Near Earth Object Program. Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass the Earth at a distance of 201,700 miles on Tuesday, November 8. NASA says the passing is safe.

@AsteroidWatch is the official Twitter feed of the Near Earth Object Program Office, which coordinates "NASA-sponsored efforts to detect, track, and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach the Earth," according to its website. @AsteroidWatch has been actively tweeting about asteroid 2005 YU55, posting the latest information and doing live Q&A's. The account has over 800,000 followers and is great to follow if you are interested in other asteroids that pass Earth and their location in the sky.

The official Twitter feed of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL "manages many of the missions exploring Earth, the solar system, and our universe," according to its Twitter bio. JPL is home to the Near Earth Object Program Office.

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears.

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  1. MM

    But it can throw off the moon's orbit?

    November 4, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • MM


      November 4, 2011 at 11:09 am |


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