Bizarre Skull Asteroid Will Return To Earth In 2018
An asteroid that bears a striking resemblance to a skull is set to pass Earth again next year, having last done so on Halloween in 2015.
Called 2015 TB145, the asteroid is about 625 to 700 meters (2,050–2,300 feet) across, and rotates once every three hours. It swung past our planet on October 31, 2015, at a distance of 486,000 kilometers (302,000 miles), having been spotted three weeks earlier. That’s just 1.3 times the distance of the Moon.
And in November 2018, the asteroid should pass relatively near our planet again. This time around it’ll be quite distant, about 105 times further than the Moon, but close enough to study. The next time the object comes really close will be in 2088, when it will pass about 20 times further than the Moon.
“Although this approach shall not be so favourable, we will be able to obtain new data which could help improve our knowledge of this mass and other similar masses that come close to our planet,” Pablo Santos-Sanz from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) said in a statement.