Date of photo: Oct 30, 2013
Location of discovery: Flying past Earth
Name of discovery: Asteroid 2015 TB145
NASA source: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/halloween-skies-to-include-dead-comet-flyby
This skull shaped asteroid is not the only asteroid ever to appear like a face. Remember the singing asteroid that was sending out radio transmissions for the last 20 years? Thats right, comet 67P is in the shape and shoulders of an alien species.
But this this skull is different in that it sends a different message than 67P and its greeting. This sends a warning. A warning that this area of space is controlled with force and they are more than happy to prove it. Earth falls into their territory, so yes, they are a threat to us, however other species try to protect Earth. This species that made this skull is dangerous.
These are the dangers humanity will face when exploring space and other worlds. Not all species are kind. Some, like the ones that made this skull, want 100% control or death.
Scott C. Waring
The large space rock that will zip past Earth this Halloween is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull. Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, have determined that the celestial object is more than likely a dead comet that has shed its volatiles after numerous passes around the sun. The belated comet has also been observed by optical and radar observatories around the world, providing even more data, including our first close-up views of its surface. Asteroid 2015 TB145 will safely fly by our planet at just under 1.3 lunar distances, or about 302,000 miles (486,000 kilometers), on Halloween (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT, 17:00 UTC). The first radar images of the dead comet were generated by the National Science Foundation's 305-meter (1,000-foot) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
The radar images from Arecibo indicate the object is spherical in shape and approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) in diameter and completes a rotation about once every five hours. "The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby," said Kelly Fast, IRTF program scientist at NASA Headquarters and acting program manager for NASA's NEO Observations Program. Managed by the University of Hawaii for NASA, the IRTF's 3-meter (10 foot) telescope collected infrared data on the object. The data may finally put to rest the debate over whether 2015 TB145, with its unusual orbit, is an asteroid or is of cometary origin. "We found that the object reflects about six percent of the light it receives from the sun," said Vishnu Reddy, a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona. "That is similar to fresh asphalt, and while here on Earth we think that is pretty dark, it is brighter than a typical comet which reflects only 3 to 5 percent of the light. That suggests it could be cometary in origin –- but as there is no coma evident, the conclusion is it is a dead comet.”