Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Asteroid 2005 YU55 passes close by Earth (video)

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier missed Earth by only 200,000 miles as it flew by Tuesday night — the closest an asteroid has been to Earth in 200 years.

Asteroid 2005 YU55 , as seen by NASA 860,000 miles from Earth. (AP)
Asteroid 2005 YU55, as it has been dubbed, streaked by at about 30,000 mph, but some scientists and lucky amateur astronomers caught a glimpse in their telescopes, where they saw strange structures on the asteroid’s dark-colored surface.

One Central Florida man, using an 8- inch telescope, captured footage of the space rock. Watch the video, set to an appropriately dramatic score, after the jump.

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