Halloween 2015 was marked by a unique event which made everyone’s delight. A weirdly-shaped asteroid passed close to our planet and, from a certain angle, looked just like a human skull. In case you wanted to hear more of it, astronomers announced it would return next year on another trip around Earth.
The oddly-shaped asteroid looks like a human skull
The skull asteroid flew by our planet just in time for the spooky holiday, making the perfect appearance any astronomy enthusiast could have hoped for. If you missed the chance to take a look at it back then, you might be given another chance, as the ghastly appearance will return.
After taking a look at the future astronomic events which we will witness, scientists have discovered the skull asteroid will make another trip close to Earth on November 2018. However, the circumstances won’t be as perfectly suited as before. Its position will be a little too far away from Earth for any telescope to pick up an image of the asteroid.
This time, the skull asteroid will pass a little further away
In 2015, the skull asteroid passed us at about 1.5 times the distance between Earth and the moon. This time, its trajectory will be situated at about 105 times this distance, so it will be visible only with the help of advanced telescopes. Even so, astronomers will still be able to study the odd mass of rock, and are hoping to discover some new interesting data about it and similar other asteroids.
To complete its spooky look, the skull asteroid is also quite non-reflective. It can reflect merely 6 percent of sunlight, making it more eerie and mysterious. From what it seemed, the cosmic object was a dead comet, which lost all its volatile materials. Despite the aura of mystery surrounding it, astronomers performed several other measurements, and they will continue their observations next year.
— Space Newz (@Space__Newz) December 20, 2017
Image Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory