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Large Asteroid Could Hit Our Moon this Halloween

2015 TB145  is a near-Earth asteroid roughly 280–620 meters (900–2,000 feet) in diameter that will pass about 1.27 lunar distance from Earth on 31 October 2015 at about 17:00 UT.

During closest approach to Earth the asteroid will reach about apparent magnitude 10, but the Moon will be a 80% waning gibbous. At peak brightness, the asteroid will be a challenging target for amateur astronomers with small telescopes, but it will be best seen in the Northern hemisphere.

On 31 October 2015 at 11:00 UT (4AM PDT) the asteroid will be in the constellation of Taurus about 9 degrees from the Moon and moving at a rate of 3.4 degrees per hour. At the time of closest approach of 17:00 UT the asteroid will be in the constellation of Ursa Major about 56 degrees from the Moon and moving at a rate of 14.7 degrees per hour.

After closest approach the asteroid will quickly become too faint and be too close to the Sun in the sky to be seen.

Watch the Video for how this asteroid would impact us if it hit our Moon:

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YouTube Personality 'ShantiUniverse', Chief Editor & Columnist of ProxyPonder.com From San Antonio Texas has lived in New York, England, and Las Vegas.