Published On: Fri, Oct 30th, 2015

Large asteroid set to shoot by Earth on Halloween

Artist's impression of a rocky and water-rich asteroid being torn apart by the strong gravity of the white dwarf star. Similar objects in the Solar System likely delivered the bulk of water on Earth and represent the building

A large asteroid that scientists only discovered this month will make a relatively close approach to Earth on Saturday.

The asteroid, estimated to be about 1, 300 feet in diameter, will shoot past the planet at 22 miles per second at around 1 p.m. on Halloween afternoon. Known as 2015 TB145, it will come within about 300, 000 miles of Earth, farther away than the moon but relatively close by cosmic measures.

Read the full story at Reuters, by Irene Klotz

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