…but it won’t impact.

On Tuesday, an asteroid a quarter mile wide is passing between the earth and the moon, reaching with 200,000 miles of the earth. Don Yeomans, the manager of NASA’s Near Earth Object Program said, according to Boston.com “We’re extremely confident, 100 percent confident, that this is not a threat.”

The asteroid’s passing will actually benefit research for scientists, as they can use information gathered from it to prepare for a potential larger, more destructive visitor from space.

Asteroid 2005 YU55 may contain carbon, which makes it a prime example of asteroids that may, in the future, host watering and fueling stations for astronauts, according to Yeomans.

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