On October 31 st, 2015, NASA tracked a strange-looking comet as it made a close flyby of Earth. This asteroid, called 2015 TB145, was kept an eye on by the numerous observatories and radar setup of the firm’s Deep Area Network Since of the timing and the skull-like look of this asteroid, researchers nicknamed it the “Death Comet”.

Naturally, there was no factor to stress, as the asteroid postured no risk and passed within about 498,900 km (310,000 mi) of Earth. However the timing and the look of the comet were absolutely nothing if not cooling. And coincidentally enough, the “Death Comet” (aka. “The Great Pumpkin Comet”), will be passing Earth for the 2nd time, this time soon after Halloween.

Asteroid 2015 TB145 was very first found on Oct. 10 th, 2015, by the Breathtaking Study Telescope and Rapid Action System(Pan-STARRS-1), part of the Near-Earth Things Observation(NEOO) program. At the time, the flyby of this asteroid– which procedures 400 meters (1,300 feet) in size– was the closest flyby the asteroid made given that 1999.

As Paul Chodas, the supervisor of the Center for Near Earth Things Research studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, suggested at the time:

” The trajectory of 2015 TB145 is well comprehended. At the point of closest method, it will be no closer than about 300,000 miles– 480,000 kilometers or 1.3 lunar ranges. Despite the fact that that is reasonably nearby celestial requirements, it is anticipated to be relatively faint, so night-sky Earth observers would require a minimum of a little telescope to see it.”

At the time, 2015 TB145 was figured out to be a “dead comet”, implying that it has actually shed its unpredictable aspects (i.e. frozen water, co2, ammonia, methane, and so on) after various circulate the Sun and no longer gives off a tail. Integrated with its skull-like look, which ended up being apparent thanks to radar images supplied by the Arecibo Observatory, the comet rapidly made its label.

As Vishnu Reddy, a research study researcher at the Planetary Science Institute(PSI), described in a 2015 NASA press release:

” We discovered that the things shows about 6 percent of the light it gets from the Sun. That resembles fresh asphalt, and while here in the world we believe that is quite dark, it is brighter than a normal comet which shows just 3 to 5 percent of the light. That recommends it could be cometary in origin? however as there is no coma apparent, the conclusion is it is a dead comet.”

Picture of the asteroid 2015 TB145, produced utilizing radar information gathered by the National Science Structure’s 1,000- foot (305- meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Credit: NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

When once again, 2015 TB145 will present no risk to life in the world. According to the Nature Network, it will make its closest pass to Earth on November 11 th, reaching a range of about 38.6 million km (24 million mi) from the surface area. This is approximately 10 times the typical range in between the Earth and the Moon (384,399 km; 238,855 mi), or a quarter of the range in between the Earth and the Sun (1496 million km; 93 million mi).

It’s likewise worth keeping in mind that this is specifically what NASA’s Near-Earth Things Observations Program anticipated back in 2015, based upon their tracking of the comets orbit. The next closest pass will occur on November 1st, 2088, and at a range of simply over 8 million km (5 million mi). So as creepy as this comet’s look and timing might seem, there’s actually no factor to stress.

Sorry, apocalypse lovers, once again, completion is not nigh.

More Reading: MNN, NASA