Skull Face Asteroid Passes Earth Just After Halloween
The asteroid with a skull-like face will make its second trip near earth in three years after flying a relative close 302,000 miles from our planet on Oct. 31, 2015.
This year, the comet will be a much more comfortable 24 million miles away on Nov. 11, Mother Nature Network reports.
The 2,000-foot-wide rock gets the name "death comet" not only because of its human skull face, but because it's believed to have been long dead.
The celestial occurrence is brighter than a typical comet which reflects only 3 to 5 percent of the light it receives from the sun.
The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia captured the asteroid in the early morning hours of Halloween 2015 during a different period in its rotation.
The 2015 fly-by was the closest the eerie comet has come to earth.
After the pass this year, it won't be back until Nov. 1, 2088 and will be 4 million miles away, scientists say.