This Large Asteroid Will Pass Eerily Close to Earth on Halloween

The recently-discovered asteroid 2015 TB145 will come within 1.3 lunar distances of Earth on Oct. 31, 2015. (Illustration using NASA images by J. Major.)

The recently-discovered asteroid 2015 TB145 will come within 1.3 lunar distances of Earth on Oct. 31, 2015. (Illustration using NASA images by J. Major.)

Yes, it’s true: a rather not-so-tiny near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 will make a relatively close pass by our dear planet Earth on October 31, aka Halloween — the night when certain beliefs profess that the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing spiritual and even physical interaction to occur between both.

Of course there is no scientific evidence that the latter is at all true but it makes for good scary stories around the light of a campfire. And as the first-world campfires of today are the stark lights of computer monitors and smartphone screens, some are trying to weave scary stories about the passing of this asteroid as well. Should you be afraid? Certainly not. (But there is a cautionary tale to be told.)

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