NASA Shares New Radar Images Of Halloween Asteroid

Posted: Nov 4 2015, 5:38am CST | by , Updated: Nov 4 2015, 5:56am CST, in News | Latest Science News


NASA Shares New Radar Images of Halloween Skull Asteroid
Asteroid 2015 TB145 is depicted in eight individual radar images collected on Oct. 31, 2015 between 5:55 a.m. PDT (8:55 a.m. EDT) and 6:08 a.m. PDT (9:08 a.m. EDT). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR/NRAO/AUI/NSF
  • NASA publishes Eerie Images of Halloween Skull Asteroid

NASA has published eerie images of the by-now famous skull-shaped Halloween asteroid.

Some of the pics are really spooky and they could give anyone who is a little jumpy the creeps! The asteroid flitted by the earth on the occasion of Halloween. And it was a frightening example of natural objects bearing a striking resemblance to human paraphernalia.

The image of a skull complete with eyeholes and nose aperture was visible on the surface of the asteroid. Now photographs of the death’s head asteroid have been posted online by NASA for all to view in their horror and grotesque nature. 

The rock is shaped like a sphere and has a diameter of about 2000 feet. Termed the 2015 TB145, this comet of sorts ventured 302,000 miles away from the earth and its image is a monstrosity in itself.

"The radar images of asteroid 2015 TB145 show portions of the surface not seen previously and reveal pronounced concavities, bright spots that might be boulders, and other complex features that could be ridges," said Lance Benner of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who leads NASA's asteroid radar research program.

"The images look distinctly different from the Arecibo radar images obtained on Oct. 30 and are probably the result of seeing the asteroid from a different perspective in its three-hour rotation period."

The experts at NASA got to view this comet from the Infra Red Telescope Facility which is situated in Hawaii. The image inscribed on the surface of the round comet made it look like a Halloween jack-o-lantern.

Some described it as a human skull. The Slooh Community of observers used a special telescope installed in the Canary Islands to take animated pics of the asteroid. 

Approximately three days after the comet flew by the earth’s vicinity, crystal clear images of it were posted online by NASA. The current photos are close-ups that show every detail. The high resolution images are very interesting in all their visual glory.

The surface features are such a combination of luck and chance that they display a human face after the skin has vanished from it. This skull or Halloween pumpkin-like image sure captured the imagination of the millions of kids, teens and adults across America. It was a very apt sign on the occasion of Halloween.  

And to think that just 30 days ago, NASA didn’t have a single clue about this creepy asteroid. But when it came, it took them by surprise. And the fact that it displayed an anthropomorphic image on its surface only made matters even more culturally complex.

All sorts of weird theories and howling winds of doctrine held sway. But really, it is just the imagination of us humans that is a wild and woolly thing. It can find the most diverse of images in Mother Nature which are actually nothing but the law of chance on a universal scale. The universe in itself is a large and unconscious force that knows not the social niceties followed by puny man. 

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