Asteroid, Earth Not On Collision Course; Watch Rare Flyby (VIDEO)

11/08/2011 05:40 pm ET | Updated Jan 08, 2012

A huge asteroid speeding through space at 30,000 miles per hour was projected to come so close to Earth on Tuesday that it would at one point travel inside the moon's orbit.

This is the closest encounter of its kind in more than 30 years, and while scientists say we have nothing to worry about, astronomers and stargazers prepared for a pretty exciting night.

Click here for more information on the asteroid, and scroll down for updates from when the asteroid passed closest to Earth.

WATCH: First NASA Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55:

Countdown to asteroid passing closest to Earth:

11/08/2011 7:22 PM EST

Asteroid Zips By Earth

The Associated Press writes:

An asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier zipped by Earth on Tuesday in the closest encounter by such a massive space rock in more than three decades. Scientists ruled out any chance of a collision but turned their telescopes skyward to learn more about the object known as 2005 YU55.

Read more here.

11/08/2011 6:40 PM EST

Yes, The Asteroid Missed Us

@ AsteroidWatch :

@tdcmba Yes, of course it missed. There was no threat of it hitting but it was close enough to allow us to do great science.

11/08/2011 6:29 PM EST

*Crickets*

*Crickets*?

11/08/2011 6:18 PM EST

Live Feed Available From Massachusetts Observatory

@ AsteroidWatch :

Another live feed of asteroid #YU55 from the Clay Center Observatory's 25-inch telescope: http://t.co/I3fWvPbP

11/08/2011 6:18 PM EST

Live Feed Available From Massachusetts Observatory

@ slow_ro :

RT @AsteroidWatch Another live feed of asteroid #YU55 from the Clay Center Observatory's 25-inch telescope: http://t.co/2WeeOQko

11/08/2011 6:15 PM EST

Asteroid's Gravitational Influence Will Have No Detectable Effect

Have no fear - NASA writes that while the asteroid's encounter with Earth is the closest it has come in the last 200 years, "The gravitational influence of the asteroid will have no detectable effect on Earth, including tides and tectonic plates."

Read more here.

11/08/2011 6:05 PM EST

The Smallest Object That Could Cause Significant Ground Damage

Scientific American discusses asteroids, writing, "On average, a 30 meter sized object, the smallest that could cause significant ground damage, would be expected to hit every few hundred years, and a larger object of a kilometer in diameter would not be expected to hit but every few hundred thousand years."

11/08/2011 5:57 PM EST

Asteroid Simulator Shows Impact Predictions

Ever wonder what a large asteroid impact would do? Check out this simulator from Purdue University.

11/08/2011 5:41 PM EST

WATCH: First NASA Video Of Asteroid

Watch the first video of the asteroid from NASA below, and learn more here:

11/08/2011 5:16 PM EST

How To Avoid A 'Death By Asteroid'

@ PopMech :

Death by #asteroid, and how to avoid it http://t.co/EW0cRueb

YOU MAY LIKE