Large 'Spooky' Asteroid to Narrowly Miss Earth on Halloween


By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
October 21, 2015; 8:47 AM ET


A newly discovered asteroid larger than a skyscraper will whiz past the Earth on Halloween, making a dangerously close approach to the planet.
The asteroid, officially named 2015 TB145, was just discovered on Oct. 10, 2015, and is expected to make its closest approach to the Earth at the end of the month.
Some have already given the asteroid the nickname of “Spooky” due to the fact that its closest approach to Earth is going to occur on Halloween.
Fortunately, the asteroid will miss the Earth, but it will still make an uncomfortably close approach of 302,885 miles. To put this in perspective, the average distance from the Earth to the moon is 238,900 miles.
The exact size of “Spooky” is still unknown, but NASA has estimated the diameter of the asteroid to be between 525 feet and 2,000 feet.
This is much smaller than the asteroid that caused the dinosaurs to go extinct, but if it collided with the Earth, it would still produce a significant amount of destruction around the area where it made impact.


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