People have looked to the stars for ages, but not all of them try and spot the man in the moon. Even to this day, there are those that think the end of the world will come from space; some assumed that the recent supermoon would herald a catastrophic event, caused in part by the impact from a massive meteor. NASA officials announced that there was no chance of that happening, and reported that no such event would happen within the next few centuries. It’s a comforting thought, but there’s a caveat: giant asteroids are still potential visitors.

That much became obvious to NASA on October 10th. Astronomers in Hawaii made use of the Pan-STARRS telescope to make a surprising discovery: they found a new asteroid, which in the time since has been dubbed 2015 TB145.

Its parameters are eyebrow-raising, to say the least; if the astronomers’ calculations are correct, then the asteroid is estimated to have a diameter as small as three hundred meters or as large as six hundred meters. In contrast, the meteorite that exploded over Russia back in 2013 only measured twenty meters. More to the point, NASA has admitted that TB145 registers as a potential threat to the planet - and its current trajectory means an arrival just before Halloween.

A Deadly Visitor Passing Through

The asteroid is dangerous enough based on its size alone. TB145 may be a recent and unexpected discovery, but it already made NASA take notice by virtue of being the largest object to reach Earth until 2027.

Its speed is notable as well; at its current rate of seventy-eight thousand miles per hour, it could potentially travel between the Earth and the moon in three hours. If it actually made contact with the Earth, the inertia could cause some real damage.

Fortunately, TB145 - based on official reports - will never get the chance.

The asteroid will come close to Earth, but miss it by a margin of three hundred thousand miles. At its speed, it should safely clear the planet by Halloween’s end. The danger is a far cry from doomsday, then; if anything, TB145 is more likely to present some important opportunities instead of the world’s end.

As a new discovery, NASA intends to make the most of it and study as much as possible - a chance made possible thanks to the sheer proximity. Given how rare such an event must be and how much data is left to be harvested from space, they likely won’t miss TB145.

According to projections, the asteroid will be visible in North America before sunrise on October 31st, albeit with a strong-enough telescope. As a result, it offers another hidden benefit: anyone willing to wake up early enough and do a bit of stargazing may find a delight instead of a disaster.

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