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Apparently, an aircraft-carrier-sized ("1,300-foot-wide") asteroid, 2005 YU55, will pass about 85% of the distance to the Moon from Earth on Tuesday. "The last time an asteroid flew this close to Earth was in 1976" and "the next time won't be until 2028." Various telescopes will be taking lots of pictures, since usually you need a space ship to see an asteroid this close up.
What we really need though is for some hotshot rocket jockey to fly out and land on it while blasting Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone. What hero will take up this quest??
There's this nifty-sounding new Lytro camera that captures a light field of its viewing area by means of plenoptic camera micro lenses, which is to say that it actually consists of tons of tiny little cameras, and when a computer compares their viewpoints, it can triangulate the distances to the objects photographed and reconstruct the scene in 3D, which allows for nifty tricks like photos that can be refocused after they've been taken, kinda; you can play with some of those in the gallery there.