A Skull-Shaped Asteroid Passes By Earth for Halloween #SpaceSaturday
Let it never be said that the cosmos doest not have a sense of humor. The great Skull Asteroid of 2022 can be a reminder to us all that in space, everyone can hear you be spooky. Here’s more from MOTHERBOARD:
The asteroid was discovered by Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) just a few weeks before Halloween that year, but its skeletal appearance was first revealed in radar observations captured on October 30 by the Arecibo Observatory, a premiere radio telescope that has sadly since collapsed.
The rock is less than a half-mile wide and passed about 300,000 miles from Earth, which is just a little beyond the orbit of the Moon. It does not pose any threat to our planet in terms of a potential impact, though its ghoulish shape may have given some skywatchers the creeps.
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