DON’T PANIC! 5 Songs For An Asteroid Fly-by

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[photogallerylink id=69633 align=left]An asteroid the length of an aircraft carrier, 2005 YU55, will fly within 200,000 miles of the Earth around dinnertime today. Scientists at NASA say it’s the closest an asteroid this size has passed by since 1976. If you have a telescope and clear skies (not a given around Chicago, sadly), you might catch a glimpse.

The Church – “Under The Milky Way”

A song about looking, perhaps in vain, for something shimmering and white. With bagpipes!

[metrolyrics artist=”The Church” song=”Under The Milky Way”]

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Grimes – “Crystal Ball”

Not only is Montreal artist Claire Boucher a bit spacey, in an awesome way, but this song is available as a free download on And it’s the Young Galaxy remix.

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Lou Reed – “Satellite”

Sure, an asteroid is a satellite. I looked it up.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Behind The Sun”

2005 YU55 will pass within the moon’s orbit of Earth. Will it go behind the sun? Wouldn’t that be funky?

[metrolyrics artist=”Red Hot Chili Peppers” song=”Behind The Sun”]

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Shawn Colvin – “When the Rainbow Comes”

In 1998, two blockbuster movies told the tale of an Earth threatened by an enormous asteroid. Only intrepid astronauts/miners could save our planet, and in both cases, their efforts were made to very dramatic soundtracks. The music for “Deep Impact”? Not so rocking. The rockin’ hit from “Armageddon”? Aerosmith’s  ”I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” How about if we miss that, and skip directly to a hidden soundtrack gem — Shawn Colvin’s version of World Party/Karl Wallinger’s “When The Rainbow Comes.”

[metrolyrics artist=”Shawn Colvin” song=”When the Rainbow Comes”]

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