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Halloween asteroid looks like a human skull

By T.K. Randall
October 31, 2015 · Comment icon 39 comments



The eerie object bears an intriguing resemblance to a human skull. Image Credit: NASA
The recently discovered asteroid due to pass by the Earth today actually looks like a skeletal face.
First identified by astronomers only a few weeks ago, asteroid 2015 TB145 is proving to be rather seasonally appropriate - not only because it will reach its closest approach on Halloween but also because photographs of it have revealed that it happens to look remarkably like a human skull.

Measuring around 1,300ft across - the length of four football fields - the object is actually thought to be a dead comet and will pass within 300,000 miles of us - a distance further than that of the moon.
"The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby," said scientist Kelly Fast.

Fortunately however the object is unlikely to pose a risk to our planet anytime soon.

"It's not going to hit us and we will know its orbit really well so we can project it into the future and see whether or not it comes near the earth again and we've done that and it's not going to pose any hazard to the earth in certainly the next century," said NASA's Paul Chodas.

Source: Sky News | Comments (39)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #30 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
The Halloween Asteroid - asteroid 2015 TB145This animation was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The six radar images used in the animation were taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.The video was made from an animated gif and has been looped five times.Credit: NAIC-Arecibo/NSFSource: NASA
Comment icon #31 Posted by YA AMAR 7 years ago
The Halloween Asteroid - asteroid 2015 TB145This animation was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The six radar images used in the animation were taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.The video was made from an animated gif and has been looped five times.Credit: NAIC-Arecibo/NSFSource: NASA it looks like a skull ....
Comment icon #32 Posted by Anomalocaris 7 years ago
Space version of Skull Island
Comment icon #33 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
It's the 'death' star.
Comment icon #34 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
so are we good ? should I still panic or I am good?
Comment icon #35 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 7 years ago
so are we good ? should I still panic or I am good? You shouldn't panic yet. You can do that when the next end of the World asteroid is announced. That should be about next week I think. You can't nuke / blast asteroids in space. The absence of oxygen makes this impossible. Did you read up on the the need for oxygen in nuclear weapons yet ?
Comment icon #36 Posted by White Unicorn 7 years ago
10 days, 10 weeks or 10 months it doesn't really matter, at the moment we don't have the capability to defend Earth from an asteroid no matter when it is detected. This is why the government's of the space-faring nations should take the risk seriously and give asteroid research serious funding. It will be costly research but potentially far less than the cost of not doing so. Since it was discovered in such a short time and even looks like a skull, it's like something has sent it as an omen to get us to do just as you said! Coincidence or not, we should prepare for the worst scenario and hope ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by whichisit 7 years ago
looks like astroids are thrown purposfully by somone or somthing, and this is a sign that it knows
Comment icon #38 Posted by Astra- 7 years ago
According to NASA - better images of the asteroid will be seen after tracking ...as it zips past earth. http://www.space.com/30974-nasa-to-ping-halloween-asteroid-with-large-antenna-video.html
Comment icon #39 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Haha, that's a pretty freaky coincidence!


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