Next Tuesday, while we're all voting on Election Day, a large asteroid will be passing by Earth. How close? Asterioid "2005 YU55" will come within 201,700 miles of Earth, according to NASA -- that's closer than the moon is to our planet (about 0.85 of the distance). This asteroid is 1,300 feet wide, or about the size of an aircraft carrier. If you are an amateur astronomer and have a reflecting telescope with a light-gathering mirror six inches or more in diameter (I'm assuming you know what that means if you are into astronomy), you may be able to see "2005 YU55" pass by.

The next asteroid of this size will pass even closer to earth (0.60 of the moon's distance to us) in 2028, according to NASA.