Halloween asteroid closest to Earth since 2004


Derek Munyon

Arts & Entertainment Editor

A flying chunk of space rock is flying toward Earth at 78,000 miles per hour, but don’t worry, it won’t hit us.

The asteroid 2015 TB145 will come close to our home planet on Halloween, but will pass us at 1.3 lunar distances or 310,000 miles.

According to NASA, it’s the largest celestial body to come this close to Earth since 2004 XP14, which passed by at a distance of 1.1 lunar distances in July 2004.

The next time a meteor will pass this close to our planet will be in 2027, when 1999 AN10 is expected to pass us at a distance of one lunar distance. Unfortunately, this aster-oid won’t be able to be seen with the naked eye. However, if you happen to have a telescope, don’t miss out on this unique event.

The asteroid will be passing through the Orion constellation around 10:14 p.m. Central Time.
2015 TB145 is 918 to 2,034 ft in diameter according to the Pan-STARRS I survey in Hawaii, a possible collision with an asteroid this size would be devastating. What is a bit unnerving is the meteor’s erratic orbit, however, NASA as-sures that there’s no real threat of the rock hitting us.

There is a less than a 0.01 percent chance of a major impact in the next 100 years ac-cording to NASA.

If you’re planning on checking out the asteroid out for yourself, but are worried about being able to find it, you can download NASA’s free app, Asteroid Data Hunter. If you want to freak out your friends this

Halloween, just tell them about their impending doom via flaming space rock, then calm them down with logic and break out the telescope.