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Colossal Asteroid To Make Close Encounter With Earth On May 15

2010 WC9 Asteroid Will Whiz Close To Earth On May 15th Colossal Asteroid To Make Close Encounter With Earth On May 15
Theresa Hayes | 14 May, 2018, 13:44

This would reportedly be the 2 time in thirty days for an asteroid body to fly at this proximity to our planet.

2010 WC9 first noticed on 30 November 2010 using Kalinskogo sky survey in Arizona. Space rock moves through space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h).

Although it's larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor which entered the atmosphere and broke windows in six cities in Russian Federation, this asteroid will just graze past us.

An asteroid which was lost in space for eight years is making a reappearance tomorrow - with an alarmingly close whizz past our planet. The space rock, dubbed 2010 WC9, is estimated to measure between 197 and 427 feet (60 to 130 meters), which makes it roughly as big as the Statue of Liberty, notes the Great Lakes Ledger.

However, an asteroid discovered earlier this month - ZJ99C60, spotted on May 8 - turned out to be a blast from the past as astronomers realized it was actually 2010 WC9 coming back after nearly eight years.

The Planet 2010 WC9 will certainly not be intense adequate to be noticeable to the human eye as it flies past Earth, however it will certainly be gotten by amateur telescopes that are directed at the best instructions at the correct time.

An asteroid of the size of a long football field reportedly would pass right by the Earth at a seemingly closer distance. Despite being potentially as bright as magnitude +11, it will not be visible to the naked eye, but novice star sleuths and hobbyists will be able to spot it even with small telescopes.

We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page on the night of May 14, likely around midnight, if the weather forecast remains positive. Our display will update every five seconds.

And people can watch the spectacle online, with the Northolt Branch Observatories in London streaming it live. We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds!

"We imaged this object twice: first on May 9th, when its provisional name was ZJ99C60; then on May 10th it was once again identified as asteroid 2010 WC9". The 2010 WC9 is arriving within about "0.53 lunar-distances" from our planet.

Bottom line: Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon's distance on May 15, 2018.