Lost Asteroid 2010 WC9 to come close to Earth on May 15

Lost Asteroid 2010 WC9 to come close to Earth on May 15

Although there is no risk of impact, this is one of the closest approaches of a space rock of that size.

An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will soon have a near-Earth encounter as it will zoom past the planet at about half its distance from the moon. It is much larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor that entered the skies above Russian Federation in 2013, but its trajectory will not bring it close enough to penetrate Earth's atmosphere. According to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, the flyby of 2010 WC9 will be the closest of an asteroid its size in nearly 300 years.

The planet, called 2010 WC9, wased initially spotted on November 30, 2010, by the Catalina Skies Study in Arizona. Inning accordance with the Jet Propulsion Lab of NASA, the flyby of 2010 WC9 will certainly be the closest of a planet its dimension in virtually 300 years. "This asteroid was "lost" and then discovered again".

Although Tuesday's visitor won't be visible to the naked eye, star gazers might be able to catch a glimpse of it with a telescope.

The asteroid measures between 197 and 427 feet in diameter - longer than a football field - and travels at speeds of 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky. "Check out the link below to learn more about this asteroid, why it's special, and how to see it for yourself", on their Facebook page Say.

"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time".

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The asteroid that would be moving at an estimated distance of about 203,453 kilometers (126,419 miles) could be reportedly witnessed even by the help of a small telescope.

"Our display will update every five seconds", Guy Wells tells EarthSky in an email. We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds! However, it is rapidly brightening and is expected to get even brighter than eleventh magnitude when it is at the closest distance to the Earth.

Bottom line: Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon's distance on May 15, 2018. This is the night before Tuesday's close approach.

For those who would like to watch from the comfort of their own homes, Northolt Branch Observatories in London, England said that it will broadcast the asteroid live from its Facebook page.

We imaged this object twice: First on May 9, when it was still known by its temporary designation ZJ99C60; then again on May 10, after it was identified as asteroid 2010 WC9, which had been a lost asteroid for eight years.

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