Monday, October 26, 2015

‘Spooky’ Asteroid to Fly by Earth on Halloween

A roughly 1,300-foot-wide (400 meters) asteroid 2015 TB145, which some astronomers have dubbed “Spooky,” will cruise within 300,000 miles (480,000 kilometers) of Earth on Halloween (Oct. 31) — just 1.3 times the average distance between our planet and the moon (the asteroid poses no threat to Earth!).

The asteroid will be too faint to spot with the naked eye, but anyone who’s interested can get a look at the object (it may be some type of comet) online, thanks to live telescope views provided by the Slooh Community Observatory and the Virtual Telescope Project:

The Virtual Telescope Project will air a webcast at 8 p.m. EDT on Oct. 30 (0000 GMT on Oct. 31), while Slooh’s broadcast begins at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) on Oct. 31.

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