A skull-shaped asteroid that last passed the Earth around Halloween in 2015 will fly by once more in November 2018, according to a press release from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain.
The space rock is the color of coal and resembles a human skull in the right lighting. Also, it’s thought to be a dead comet that burned off its accompanying ice, dirt and gas long ago flying close to the sun, Business Insider reports.
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The asteroid, 2015 TB145, will fly past the Earth at a distance 105 times greater than the distance between the Earth and Moon. In 2015, the object flew within 1.3 times the distance to the Moon.
“Although this approach shall not be so favorable, we will be able to obtain new data which could help improve our knowledge of this mass and other similar masses that come close to our planet,” Institute researcher Pablo Santos-Sanz said in a statement.
Though scientists discovered the asteroid in 2015, they determined it orbits the Earth once every 3.04 years, Time reports.
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