Near Earth an asteroid about the size of the Statue of Liberty

Olive Hawkins
May 15, 2018

During the 2018 return, closest approach of asteroid 2010 WC9 will happen on May 15 at 22:05 UTC (6:05 pm EDT; translate to your time). It is now hurtling through space at more than 46,000 kilometers per hour, but there will not be any threat to the population on Earth during the closest approach at 6:05 pm EDT, EarthSky reported. The 2010 sign means that it was initially detected in 2010, particularly on November 30, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

The rock completed its orbit and is now hurtling back towards Earth eight years later.

Between May 14 and 15, asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass between the orbit of Earth and the moon.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will zoom past Earth on Tuesday.

The Minor Planet Center indicates that 2010 WC9 is an Apollo type asteroid, just like the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russian Federation in 2013, injuring around 1,500 people. The asteroid 2010 WC9's diameter is somewhere between 60-130 meters.

"2010 WC9 is expected to reach 11th magnitude on the day of closest approach (May 15th), bright enough to be seen with a small telescope".

But shortly after they discovered 2010 WC9, astronomers lost sight of it again.

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In fact, even in terms of size, this will be the closest ever approach made by an asteroid this big.

NASA says it'll be the closest asteroid of its size in almost 300 years. That closest approach will put it 0.53 lunar distances from Earth, or about 126,419 miles from Earth.

"We Strategy to broadcast this asteroid into our FB page when the weather prediction remains optimistic", Guy Wells of this observatory has been quoted as stating.

The last known time an asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere before 2013 was in 1908, when the Tunguska meteor broke up over Siberia, flattening more than 80 million trees.

People can watch the spectacle on the Internet and the observatories of Northolt Branch in London will broadcast it live.

"The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arc seconds per minute)". The effort goes on all the time, but on some occasions, the size, speed, and chemical composition of these objects make it extremely hard to observe them in visual wavelength.

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