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NASA: “Great Pumpkin” asteroid to zip by Earth on Halloween

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Oct 30, 2015.

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    NASA says the Halloween flyby of a 1,300-foot-wide asteroid will offer professional and non-skilled sky watchers an up-close – by celestial criteria – look at a pretty large piece of space rubble.

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    The asteroid, 2015 TB145 will fly past Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon's orbit on Oct. 31 at 10:01 a.m. PDT (1:01 p.m. EDT). According to the catalog of near-Earth objects (NEOs) kept by the Minor Planet Center, this is the closest currently known approach by an object this large until asteroid 1999 AN10, at about 2,600 feet in size, approaches at about 1 lunar distance (238,000 miles from Earth) in August 2027, NASA stated in a release.

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