Upon further research scientists now think Spooky the Halloween Asteroid might be a comet. The 1,300 foot-wide asteroid which some scientists have nicknamed “Spooky” will sail past Earth within 300,000 miles on Halloween. This is 1.3 times the average distance that is located between Earth and the moon.
Astronomers have already assured the entire world that this possible comet doesn’t pose a threat to the planet. The passing of this space rock will be one of the closest encounters Earth has ever had. That is until August 2027 arrives when a 2,600 foot-wide asteroid will come within 238,000 miles. That is very close to the exact distance between Earth and its moon.
Plans have been set in motion to beam radio waves at Spooky on Halloween with the use of a 110 foot-wide antenna which is located at NASA’s Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, California. They will then try to collect these reflected signals with the Green Bank Telescope located in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory which is located in Puerto Rico.
All of this work will give us a little insight into the size, shape and other surface features that the asteroid might have. If enough data is gathered they might even find out where it originates from and what path it travelled through space to get here.
Researchers have stated that it has a unique orbit and a very high velocity. The speed of 22 miles per second at which it is currently cruising makes people wonder if they’re not actually looking at a comet. If this were true it would mark the first time that their Goldstone radar has managed to image a comet from such a small distance.
The asteroid will be too small in order to spot it with the naked eye on the eve of Halloween. For people who are more interested in this subject they will be able to view live telescope footage broadcast on the internet with help from the Slooh Community Observatory and the Virtual Telescope Project.
Even though our technology is getting better and better at detecting such things, scientists believe that there are still potentially thousands of space rocks out there which could be on their way to our solar system as we speak.
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