Adding to the thrill and scare of this year’s end of October, NASA says asteroid will fly very near to Earth on Halloween. It will miss us, indeed, so there is no reason for panic, but it will be a close call.
An asteroid will come trick-or-treating to our collective doors on Halloween, as it will make its way decidedly, extremely close to our home planet. It is the first time in the last nine years when a celestial body will behave in this way. The next time, astronomers predict it to be in 2027.
NASA has also granted us a few technical details, such as the fact that the giant clump of rock was spotted hurtling through space right at us ten days ago. Also, although it is difficult to measure its size thoroughly, scientists say it is somewhere between 280 and 620 meters.
Moreover, the distance between us and our courtesy holiday caller on Halloween will be of just 310 000 miles. As a comfort, though, the space agency states that the asteroid, which has been dubbed 2015 TB 145, even though it will come so close to us, its impact will not be huge. Some precaution is necessary though, as, they say, its course does seem to be unpredictable.
It is, after all, as pointed out, a rock rushing through outer space, this being the reason why NASA says asteroid will fly very near to Earth on Halloween. Therefore, even though its trajectory is unknown, meaning no one can tell for sure where it will go, it is quite safe to say it will not touch Earth in the slightest.
Another important thing to mention is the fact that, even though, as stated, the space rock will come so close to the Blue Planet, unfortunately we will not be able to see it with a naked eye. But, indeed, it would have been a downright spectacle for Halloween night should that have been possible. Instead NASA suggests enthusiasts to use a good old telescope and watch the show.
Apart from that, given the eerie coincidence that this is to happen right on All Hallows Eve, voices are expected to arise and, once again, predict the end of the world. Scientists do say they are worried by this coincidence and the effect it will have on doomsday aficionados. However, they do hope it will not ruin all the fun this Halloween has in store for us. They also hope the only scare we will get will be from costumed people and not from nearby asteroids or loud voices keen to foretell disaster for the planet.
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