Creepy! NASA says asteroid to fly by Earth on Halloween looks like a skull

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The asteroid set to fly by Earth on Halloween bears a striking resemblance to a skull, NASA says.

The space agency says the large space rock is actually more than likely a dead comet. The spooky image was generated using data collected by the National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It was taken Friday.

“The IRTF data may indicate that the object might be a dead comet, but in the Arecibo images it appears to have donned a skull costume for its Halloween flyby,” said Kelly Fast, IRTF program scientist at NASA Headquarters and acting program manager for NASA’s NEO Observations Program.

 

It may look scary, but NASA says there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to this celestial object.

CBS News reports that experts┬ásay it will shoot past Earth at a distance of about 300,000 miles. It’s expected to pass by Earth at 1:01 p.m. ET.

If you’d like to check it out before you go trick-or-treating, Slooh Community Observatory will be offering a LIVE webcast, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. CLICK HERE for that.