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Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween

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http://tribune.com.pk/story/982736/dead-comet-with-skull-face-to-hurtle-by-earth-on-halloween/

"A massive space rock that will shave by Earth on Halloween looks like a dead comet with a skull face, NASA said after gaining a closer look at the spooky space junk."

http://i1.tribune.com.pk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/982736-SpacerockAFP-1446301922-682-640x480.jpg

I know a few of you that will get a kick out of this.

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The large space rock that will zip past Earth this Halloween is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, have determined that the celestial object is more than likely a dead comet that has shed its volatiles after numerous passes around the sun.

The belated comet has also been observed by optical and radar observatories around the world, providing even more data, including our first close-up views of its surface. Asteroid 2015 TB145 will safely fly by our planet at just under 1.3 lunar distances, or about 302,000 miles (486,000 kilometers), on Halloween (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT, 17:00 UTC).

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http://spaceref.com/asteroids/asteroid-2015-tb145-aka-spooky-prepares-for-earth-flyby.html

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Those boys in the cgi department, lol. What'll they think of next? For Thanksgiving, maybe a Mars rock that looks like a turkey. 

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14 minutes ago, grav said:

Those boys in the cgi department, lol. What'll they think of next? For Thanksgiving, maybe a Mars rock that looks like a turkey. 

They can't get nuthin' past you, pilgrim. :biggrin:

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How about Valentine's Day? Maybe spell out a romantic message in the clouds as seen from space.

 

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