NASA: Asteroid Will Pass Close To Earth On Halloween

| by Jordan Smith
Asteroid 2015 TB145 trajectoryAsteroid 2015 TB145 trajectory

NASA has revealed that an asteroid will pass close to earth Oct. 31.

Asteroid 2015 TB145 will travel at 78,000 miles per hour at a distance of 1.3 times that of the moon from Earth, Daily Mail reported.

NASA only identified the asteroid on Oct. 10 -- three weeks before the date it will pass our planet. Scientists say there is no risk of an impact with Earth, but they have categorized TB145 as “hazardous” because of its proximity.

“The asteroid is on an extremely eccentric and a high inclination orbit,” NASA said, according to Daily Mail.

“This is the closest approach by a known object this large until 1999 AN10 approaches within 1 lunar distance in August 2027,” the space agency added.

The asteroid will also be the closest pass in nine years, reported.

Scientists estimate that the asteroid could be anything from 280 to 620 meters in diameter. It will make its closest pass at 11:14 a.m. ET on Oct. 31.

The latest near-miss comes just weeks after another asteroid estimated to be 1.5 miles wide passed Earth Oct. 10. Asteroid 86666 (2000 FL10) caused some concern, because an asteroid of such size would cause worldwide destruction if it struck Earth.

Asteroid 86666 only came within 15 million miles of Earth.

In August, NASA reassured the public with a blog posting explaining that even asteroids classified as hazardous had less than a 0.01 percent chance of striking Earth over the next 100 years. Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA’s Near Earth Object office, added that no asteroid would hit Earth in the foreseeable future.

NASA monitors all asteroids that will come close to our planet through their Jet Propulsion Lab's Near-Earth Object Observations program. There is a small body database where individuals can search for specific comets or asteroids.

On Oct. 31, Asteroid 2015 TB145 will not be visible to the naked eye. But anyone with a telescope will be able to see it, reported.

Sources: Daily Mail,, / Photo credit: NASA via Daily Mail, Paul Kline/Flickr