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Saturday October 31, 2015

Get Ready For "Spooky," The Halloween Asteroid

Spooky is an asteroid that will be passing Earth at around 1 p.m. EDT today. Astronomers are confident that it won’t touch us, but a skull-resembling rock that ends the human race on Halloween would be an interesting scenario. Check the video for a TLDR version or hit this link for an in-depth editorial.

If the size is correct, the new found asteroid is 28 times bigger in diameter than the Chelyabinsk meteor that penetrated the atmosphere over Russia in February, 2013. An incoming asteroid’s potential to do damage on Earth depends on various factors, including its size, its angle of entry, and the point on Earth over which it enters the atmosphere. The shock wave from the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor broke windows and did other damage to some 7,200 buildings in six Russian cities. Some 1,500 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment, mainly from broken glass from windows.