(ETH) – What else could happen in 2020? How about a Halloween night with an asteroid buzzing past earth and a rare blue moon in the sky. According to a report from Newsweek, there will be a 200-foot-wide asteroid that will fly past the Earth on Halloween night as well as a rare Blue Moon that will also be visible in the sky.
The asteroid dubbed 2020 UX3, is estimated to measure between 88 and 196 feet in diameter, according to NASA, and is predicted to come roughly 3.2 million miles from Earth at its closest approach and will be traveling at an astonishing speed of 36,000 miles per hour. This distance comes out to be about 13 times the average distance between the Earth and the moon.
NASA is assuring that there is no chance that the space rock will strike the Earth but 2020 UX3 is still considered a “near-Earth object”. Meanwhile, on the same night On October 31st, a full moon will appear in the sky and will be the first time such an astronomical event has occurred on Halloween since 2001.
Newsweek states that Halloween full moons usually appear every 18 to 19 years, with the next ones scheduled for 2039, 2058, 2077, and 2096. This full moon is considered special because it will be a “blue moon.” but does not mean the moon will actually look blue in color but instead it simply refers to any full moon that is the second to appear in a single calendar month. The last full moon appeared on October 1st, so Halloween’s full moon will be a blue moon. The last blue moon appeared in March 2018. There will not be another until August 23rd.