It looks like haunted houses won’t be the only thing you’ll be afraid of this Halloween.
NASA reports that a giant asteroid (only discovered two weeks ago) will whiz right past Earth on October 31. In fact, this’ll be the closest encounter our planet is expected to have with an asteroid until 2027, as this particular space rock will be passing only 499,000 km away (super-close, astronomically speaking). The last time that happened was in 2006.
If estimates about its size are correct, this “mountain of a rock” will be even larger than the one that burned up over Russia in 2013. Plus, according to National Geographic Astronomy Columnist Andrew Fazekas, you should be able to spot it careening through the sky at around midnight on Halloween, leaving you plenty of time to wrap up your trick-or-treating. But it won’t be visible to the naked eye, so bring a telescope (and some luck) if you really hope to spot it. After all, it’ll be travelling at 35 km per second.
Fortunately, there’s no need for any real goosebumps. NASA officials aren’t expecting the asteroid to collide with Earth or even enter our atmosphere, so try to kick back and enjoy the show.
Who knows, it might just be the scariest thing you see all day.