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Skull-shaped asteroid to return in 2018


Posted on Thursday, 21 December, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

The infamous skull-shaped asteroid will be back. Image Credit: J. A. Penas / SINC
The disconcertingly-shaped space rock was last seen hurtling past our planet back in October 2015.
Just over two years ago, asteroid 2015 TB145 caused quite a stir for those celebrating the Halloween season when photographs of it during its approach revealed it to be distinctly skull-like in appearance.

Fortunately the object, which is actually believed to be a dead comet, passed us by without incident, but now astronomers have revealed that it will be returning for another visit in November 2018.

The good news is that it is likely to pass even further away from us than it did the last time, however the increased distance will also make it harder for astronomers to study it.

"Although this approach shall not be so favorable, we will be able to obtain new data which could help improve our knowledge of this mass and other similar masses that come close to our planet," said Astrophysicist Pablo Santos-Sanz from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia.

Previous observations have revealed the object to be a slightly flattened ellipsoid that happens to be "very dark, only slightly more reflective than charcoal."

Apt, perhaps, given its forboding shape.

Source: IB Times | Comments (9)

Tags: Skull, Asteroid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake on 21 December, 2017, 18:37
nice
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dark_Grey on 21 December, 2017, 18:53
Nothing says "DOOM" like a skull comet. That's as metal as it gets \m/  \m/
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 21 December, 2017, 18:54
Plot twist: the asteroid is actually the skull of an extraterrestrial being, whose species is massive in size.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Orphalesion on 21 December, 2017, 21:01
Well it didn't do anything spooky last time it was around, so it will not do anything spooky this time.
Comment icon #5 Posted by glorybebe on 22 December, 2017, 7:31
Guardians of the Galaxy was right!!!  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 22 December, 2017, 14:58
Space pirates
Comment icon #7 Posted by The singularity on 22 December, 2017, 18:09
The universe shapes things unusual ways indeed.
Comment icon #8 Posted by taniwha on 23 December, 2017, 20:34
...Giant ape-like extraterrestrials...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Almighty Evan on 31 December, 2017, 20:29
As I recall, they appeared to be so, but were actually quite small in size and liked Tranya.


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