​Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145 Prompts NASA To Release Statement

Halloween Asteroid
Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 21, 2015

A Halloween asteroid 2015 TB145 comes as a surprise as it makes its way near Earth. It popped up on NASA’s radar on October 10 during a survey by Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System), according to FOX News.

The telescope’s main job is to spot and track asteroids and comets “that might pose a danger to our planet.” But now NASA notices the object will fly close to the Earth on Halloween.

The telescope is constantly discovering new near-Earth meteoroids. Pan-STARRS is a program that keeps track of the orbits of comets and publishes warnings if one of these rocks is due to collide with Earth, or will come close to doing so.

Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145

Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145.

Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145 is notable and spooky for both its size and how close it will come to Earth. “The flyby presents a truly outstanding scientific opportunity to study the physical properties of this object,” a NASA bulletin notes.

We won’t get another known asteroid this big at this close of an approach until 1999 AN10 arrives in August 2027.

Asteroid 2015 TB145 is coming in at 1.3 lunar distances, which is a measurement of the distance from the Earth to the moon and one that can vary with the moon’s orbit. (The average distance from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon is around 384,500 kilometers, or 238,900 miles, according to NASA.)

That means we won’t need Bruce Willis to save us all from an asteroid Armageddon. The asteroid will be plenty far away, but still close enough for researchers to get excited about imaging it.

NASA notes that the fast-moving object “may be cometary in nature.” If that’s the case, it could be made up of rock, ice and dust, whereas asteroids consist mainly of rock and metals.

Asteroids have been on the Internet’s mind lately with unfounded warnings about a doomsday asteroid arriving last month. We’re all still here and we will still all be here after 2015 TB145 makes it flyby.

Pan-STARRS

People can also monitor the flyby themselves by typing the name of the rock into JPL’s Small-Body Database Browser. This browser creates an interactive module that can be zoomed in and out of, and filtered to show orbits on different days.

In August, Nasa was forced to post a blog dispelling the countless rumors and speculation about asteroids that were due to pass the Earth in September. This rumors suggested that an asteroid would impact Earth, sometime between September 15 and 28 near Puerto Rico.

It’s safe to say that Halloween Asteroid 2015 TB145 will be far enough away that it won’t cause any threats to human life. Nevertheless, the conspiracy theories are already being posted about doomsday.

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