Saturday, October 31, 2015

Close Call

Three weeks ago astronomers discovered an asteroid that has since been named 2015 TB145. What makes this particular asteroid notable is that it is currently passing Earth at a very close 300,000 miles away. NASA is saying that this is the closest flyby of an asteroid to Earth until asteroid NEO 1999 AN10 passes us at less than 230,000 miles in 2027. But given that we've only know about 2015 TB145 for 3 weeks it might be a safe bet to wager that there will be other close flybys before then that we don't know about yet.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blood Moon

Tonight is the Blood Moon or Hunter's Moon; the first full moon of Autumn. It is also the third super moon in a row, although no one seems to be hyping that fact in the news like they were during the last two full moons.