Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Skull-shaped asteroid set to miss Halloween


Posted on Saturday, 29 September, 2018 | Comment icon 1 comment

A computer reconstruction of the asteroid's skull-like shape. Image Credit: J. A. Penas / SINC
The unusually-shaped space rock made headlines back in 2015 when it passed the Earth on October 31st.
Known as 2015 TB145, the asteroid is thought to be up to 2296ft wide and was discovered three years ago when it passed the Earth on Halloween at a distance of around 1.3 times that of the Moon.

Its spooky reputation stems from a grainy black-and-white image taken by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia which shows its distinctive 'eye sockets' and skull-like shape.

While it will unfortunately miss the Halloween season this year, astronomers have noted that it will be returning for another pass - albeit during November rather than October.

When it does, it will be much further out - approximately 103 times the distance of the Moon - however there is hope that astronomers may still be able to take photographs of it as it passes by.

"We found that the object reflects about 6 percent of the light it receives from the Sun," said research scientist Vishnu Reddy from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

"That is similar to fresh asphalt, and while here on Earth we think that is pretty dark, it is brighter than a typical comet which reflects only 3 to 5 percent of the light. That suggests it could be cometary in origin - but as there is no coma evident, the conclusion is it is a dead comet."

Sadly though, the asteroid won't pass us by on Halloween again until the year 2088.

Source: SlashGear | Comments (1)

Tags: Skull, Asteroid

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Amanda Evans on 29 September, 2018, 20:32
When thing are really crap we can always rely on Skull faced asteroid to sweep in and cheer us up.




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6525743
273518
181505

 
New Stegosaurus species found in Morocco
8-21-2019
Not only is the fossil a new species but it is also the earliest known Stegosaurus specimen ever discovered.
Scientists to reveal 'plausible' Nessie theory
8-21-2019
A biological study of Loch Ness has produced a credible explanation for the Loch Ness Monster phenomenon.
Mystery surrounds Himalayan 'skeleton lake'
8-21-2019
A shallow lake situated high up in the mountains of India is filled with skeletal remains dating back centuries.
Woman is visited by Pennywise the Clown
8-20-2019
A blood-soaked effigy of the titular character from the movie 'It' is the last thing you want to find in your yard.
Stories & Experiences
A visit from beyond
8-20-2019 | Australia
 
A strange voice
8-5-2019 | St. Catharines Ontario.
 
House vibrates
7-20-2019 | Northern part of lower Michigan
 
Sudden writing on hand
7-20-2019 | England
 
 
Spontaneous exorcisms
7-5-2019 | Ontario
 
A call from 'The Lobster'
7-5-2019 | Russia
 
Witnessing tree spirits
6-25-2019 | Ontario
 
I didn't move my blankets
6-25-2019 | Spring, TX
 
Bitten by a spirit?...true story
6-15-2019 | Dallas, Tx
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ