Asteroid Big Pumpkin Halloween Appearance

Halloween surprise: on October 31, the “great pumpkin” asteroid will cross Earth at 400 m race. Can you see it with the naked eye? Probably you will.

Asteroid Big Pumpkin Halloween Appearance

Asteroid Big Pumpkin Halloween Appearance on the Perfect Halloween?… Pumpkins, Witches, Sweets and an… asteroid. Is it therefore put on helmets? No, because the 400 m large rock called “Great Pumpkin” race on October 31 and on past the Earth, but at a safe distance.

“At the point of greatest approach he is don’t come any closer than 480,000 km, which is 1.3 times the distance to the Moon,” researcher of Paul Chodas of the Jet entwarnt Propulsion Laboratory of the US space agency NASA. Discovered the researchers only had the brocken on 10 October 2015 with instruments of the University of Hawaii.

Great Pumpkin can be observed only with telescope…sorry 🙁

In the Halloween night is worth the look in the sky? Yes, but not with the naked eye. Because although the asteroid with the catalogue number quite densely 2015 TB145 after cosmic scales past hisses on the blue planet, “he will remain pretty faint expectations according to, so Sky Watcher on earth need at least a small telescope to see him”, Chodas says. Worth the effort for amateur astronomers, but. Because no asteroid similar to close to the Earth passes over the next twelve years. Until 2027 researcher 1999 AN10 – features a 800 m large chunks.

TB145 shoots with 35 km/s through the universe

NASA itself will set their probe in the sky, with radio telescopes. “We plan to test a new way to take radar images with a resolution of two meters, for the first time and hope to see a level of detail”, Chodas said.

Asteroid Big Pumpkin Halloween Appearance

The problem: The great pumpkin is a real hyperactive photographer perspective. He has simply not breastfeed, but moves with a ludicrous speed of 35 km/s.

Over 684.000 asteroids are known

Where do asteroids come from actually? They are leftover small sink from the period of planet formation, moving as the planets in orbit around the Sun. Over 684.000 asteroids are known in our solar system. Most of them are irregularly shaped – they have too little mass to assume a nearly round shape.