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Asteroid 'Spooky' to fly past Earth tonight

Asteroid 'Spooky' to fly past Earth tonight
An asteroid measuring between 290 to 650 metres is expected to fly close to earth tonight. - File pic / EPA
KUALA LUMPUR: An asteroid measuring between 290 to 650 metres is expected to fly close to Earth tonight.

The National Space Agency (Angkasa) in a statement yesterday said Asteroid 2015 TB145 also known as 'Spooky' was found by an astronomer from NASA's Near-Earth Object Program on Oct 10, moving at a speed of 35 km per second, 29 times faster than a bullet.
"It is not expected to collide with Earth, and it will only cross the moon's orbit at a distance of 480,000 km from earth, about 1.3 times the distance between Earth and the moon.

"At its closest position to earth, it will reach the level of brightness of around 10 magnitude and can be seen using the telescope," according to the statement.
Angkasa through its Langkawi National Observatory (ONL) planned to conduct observations and research on the asteroid to share information with international astronomy organisations if the sky is clear.

For further enquiries, members of the public can contact ONL at 04-9668870 or the National Planetarium at 03-2273 4303 or surf Angkasa website at www.angkasa.gov.my or social media sites on Facebook and Twitter of Angkasa Malaysia for the latest information.