CLOSE ENCOUNTER -- Freakishly Fast Asteroid To Buzz Past Earth On Halloween
A large asteroid first discovered by scientists only two weeks ago is set to scream past Earth on Halloween -- the closest encounter our planet has had with an asteroid in nearly a decade.
While the asteroid, dubbed 2015 TB145, does not present a threat, it will come within 310,000 miles of Earth -- nearly as close as our own moon -- and zoom past at an "unusually high" speed of more than 78,000 miles per hour, according to NASA.
The chunk of rock was spotted Oct. 10 by the Pan-STARRS I telescope, located atop the Hawaiian island of Maui and used to discover and characterize objects that might pose a danger to Earth.
In its report, NASA said the flyby presents a "truly outstanding scientific opportunity to study the physical properties of this object."
"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 wrote. NASA said the last time an asteroid of this size zoomed this close was in July 2006.