Halloween Asteroid 31st October 2015

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Astronomy News | Comments Off on Halloween Asteroid 31st October 2015

Awaiting The Halloween Asteroid

Halloween AsteroidA recently discovered asteroid that is larger than a skyscraper will whiz past the Earth this coming Halloween (31st October 2015), making a dangerously close approach to our planet. The asteroid officially named Asteroid 2015 TB145 and discovered earlier this month on the 10th of October 2015, will fly by at 480,000 kilometers (300,000 miles) from the Earth but poses no real threat to the planet. However, in celestial terms, this is quite close, especially when you consider its size- an estimated 400 meters (1,300 feet). While this is much smaller than the asteroid responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, it would nonetheless cause a significant amount of destruction around the area of impact if it were it to collide with the earth.

This will be the closest flyby by a large asteroid for the next 12 years (the next one being 2027 when asteroid 1999 AN10, 800 meters in size, will fly by at about the moon’s orbit) and will provide a special Halloween treat for astronomers- the opportunity to view its surface in radar down to a resolution that will be as little as 6.6 feet (2 meters). Previous flybys have yielded a resolution that is about half of this at 13.1 feet (4 meters). Some pundits have already nicknamed this asteroid spooky’ due to the fact that its closest approach will occur on Halloween.


Asteroid TB 145 was discovered by the University of Hawaii’s Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (PAN-STARRS), which is a participant in NASA’s object observation program for objects hovering next to our planet. TB 145’s strange, elliptical path in space brings it close to our planet’s orbit about once every 3 years although its brush with us is usually brief- a quick dip in and out before flying farther out in the solar system once more. Astronomers postulate that this bizarre path is, perhaps, due to past gravitational interactions with Jupiter.

TB 145, however, has not been this close to Earth for the past four decades according to calculations ran onAsteroid - 3D render its orbit because in 1975 the technology to find asteroids of this size was not as advanced as it is today. Additionally, there was no concerted effort to search for asteroids back then. But this is not the first time that an asteroid is passing close to our planet in late October. On October 30, 1937, Hermes (the binary asteroid which is an alarmingly regular visitor to these parts) came within 500, 000 miles of Earth. Its two parts are each about 600 to 900 meters wide.


At present, little is known about its composition although optical telescopes are gearing up to observe its spectral signature in the coming days, including where its orbit will guide it for the next 100 years. Astronomers are also aiming to get more information on its shape and how it spins when heat from the sun hits its surface. Asteroids are renowned for spinning at inconsistent rates, and sometimes their surface material (regolith) may migrate to the equator before flying off.


Interested observers will be able to observe spooky, weather permitting, on the night of October 30 and 31 but will need a telescope to do so. If you want to catch a glimpse of this rare Halloween asteroid, you are advised to look in the direction of the Orion constellation, and in particular Orion’s Shield.


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Will the Human Species Survive or Won’t in The Future?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Astronomy News, Cosmos, Space & Earth | Comments Off on Will the Human Species Survive or Won’t in The Future?

Will the Human Species Survive or Won’t in The Future?

Will the colonization to another planet impact on our civilization and life on Earth?

During the tour of the London Science Museum, Hawkins noted that the moment of landing on the moon people give a whole new perspective to our vision of the world. Therefore we must continue along this path if we want to save humanity.

Man on the Moon: just a play or not?

In addition, he noted that it is necessary to eradicate aggression, and it gives a chance to something much more useful – empathy. Only then the human race will avoid a major nuclear war and destroy civilization as we know it today, believes Hawking.

With this new fact (possibility to travel in space) we did not solve the current problems on Earth, but it certainly provided us with a new perspective and made us more open to new things said the professor of seventy-three. He believes that the long-term future of man is related to the universe and that it is important like life insurance for our survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity therefore we colonize other planets.”space-trip

Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan so far is the only place in the world that offers flights into space to private individuals aka space tourists.

This possibility was introduced in 2001, and so far it has used eight people.

Here are five things you should know if you decide to travel in space:

1 Before departure, space tourists must pass a five-month training in Moscow, where he learns how to prepare food in the universe, to go to the toilet, how to maintain a clean and perform scientific experiments.

2 When you arrive at the space station, visitors can go on a spacewalk. They have a chance to see the Earth from a completely different perspective of what is for most people a very emotional scene.

3 The first person that travels in this way and went into space was an American engineer Dennis Tito.

4 But the journey of life is not at all cheap. Staying in space for a period of 10 days it costs about $ 35 billion. It’s still just a luxury except you are an astronaut and you just doing your job. So if you want to travel better prepare a large amount of money.

5 If you cannot travel to space, then at least you can find out what it feels like to be there. For a much lower price, $ 4,600, price for visiting Baikonur, you can see a school space, a simulation of conditions in space.


Whether you just want to see how it would be to travel in space, or you just want to emigrate of this planet this is still far away from now. Maybe our grandchildren will enjoy watching the stars live or they will go on holiday to Mars but still it’s just guessing. Until this dream comes true it remains us to enjoy a bunch of satellite images recorded from space.

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