Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid Returning To Haunt Earth In 2018

Posted: Dec 22 2017, 3:43am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Skull-Shaped Halloween Asteroid Returning to Haunt Earth in 2018
An artist's impression of the "Halloween Asteroid" 2015 TB145, which looks much like a skull from certain angles. This asteroid flew close to Earth on Oct. 31, 2015 and will return in November 2018. Credit: J. A. Peñas/SINC
  • The Halloween Asteroid Making Return to Earth in 2018

Space experts reported that the skull shaped asteroid will be returning to pass Earth in its orbit after it was first discovered in 2015

Back in 2015, space experts and astronomers discovered a very strange structure passing close to the Earth. An asteroid which passed very close to the Earth.

Some special features of this rock like structure in space included the details that in certain light, it appeared like a human skull and it passed close to Earth on 31st October 2015.

Furthermore, there were no active elements of reaction on the asteroid which led many to say that it was dead. Hence, the term Halloween Asteroid was given to the asteroid.

The experts were excited to observe and study this rock like structure which has been assumed to be going around in an orbit. It’s orbit duration has been estimated at 1,112 days or 3 years in which it passes close to Earth every 500 years.

Astrophysicist Pablo Santos-Sanz from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia gave details about the asteroid in his study in which he detailed that the asteroids size is 625 meters and 700 meters, its shape is a slightly flattened ellipsoid, and its rotation axis was roughly perpendicular to the Earth at the time of its closest proximity.

The asteroid will be making its return to the path close to Earth, but it will not be as close to Earth as it was in 2015. The asteroid will be farther than the moon this time around but astronomers and astrophysicists are still interested in observing and studying it.

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