The End Is Several Hundred Thousand Miles Away: An Asteroid Close Call Playlist


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At about 6:28PM EST a 400-meter long asteroid will strike … wait, it's not going to hit the earth. Oh, thank goodness! It's going to be 201,700 miles away? Well, that doesn't seem very close. Will we even be able to see it?

It's going to be closer than the moon, which is 238,864 miles away! So Asteroid 2005 YU55 (that's it's pet name, by the way), a four-football-fields-across object, will pass between the earth and the moon this evening. The largest object to get this close to earth since 1976, you say?


And while you're sitting in your bunker (we know you have one) just in case listen to these spacey songs to get you through. Here's our Close Call Playlist!

Aerosmith, "Don't Want To Miss A Thing"

David Bowie, "Space Oddity"

Moby, "We Are All Made of Stars"

The National, "Looking For Astronauts"

Joanna Newsom, "Emily"

Elton John, "Rocket Man"

Modest Mouse, "Space Travel Is Boring"

R.E.M., "Man on the Moon"

MGMT, "We Care"

Radiohead, "Subterranean Homesick Alien"