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Huge 'Spooky' Asteroid To Fly By Earth On Halloween

10/26/2015 03:08 EDT | Updated 10/26/2015 03:59 EDT

Forget ghosts and zombies – this Halloween visitor is much more sinister.

On Oct. 31, an asteroid larger than the Empire State Building will fly by Earth, according to CTV News.

But don’t worry; though the colossal rock has been nicknamed “Spooky,” it has no chance of hitting us.

The asteroid, officially named 2015 TB145, is expected to come within 490,000 kilometres of our planet at around 1 p.m. ET, according to NASA.

That distance is slightly farther than the orbit of the moon, however, this is close enough for NASA to add it to its list of potentially hazardous asteroids.

It will be the closest approach by an object this large until August 2027. The space agency also only discovered the asteroid over two weeks ago.

But some at NASA are speculating whether it might be a comet.

The “Spooky” asteroid won't be visible to the naked eye, EarthSky notes, but if you have a telescope with an eight-inch (20-centimetre) or bigger diameter, you might be able to see its movement. A good time is around 3:20 a.m. ET Saturday.

But if you don’t have one, don’t worry – the robotic telescope streaming service Slooh will be streaming the flyby live.

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