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

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

Asteroid 2010 WC9 could be up to 427 feet wide - the size of London's Walkie-Talkie skyscraper - and it will pass less than half of the moon's distance from Earth tomorrow, May 15.

It's about the size of a football pitch and it will come as close as 126,419 miles from the Earth's surface. This asteroid was "lost" and then found again.

2010 WC9 first noticed on 30 November 2010 using Kalinskogo sky survey in Arizona. They didn't have enough observations to track its orbit fully and so predict its return. The limited observations at the time did not allow its orbit to be well defined until it was observed in recent days, nearly eight years later.

He clarified, however, that there is no reason to worry about the nearby passage of the 2010 WC9 asteroid.

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). 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. No, not by any absolute measure.

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. Diameter in the range of 60-130 meters.

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Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth.

"If you want to watch an asteroid from the couch, you can do this too: we plan to broadcast from the telescope on the night of May 14 (closest to the day before approaching) as long as the weather allows!"

"The broadcast will last less than 25 minutes, since the asteroid will cross our field of view during this time period".

"The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arc seconds per minute)".

Daniel Bamberger, also at Northolt Branch Observatories, sent along the two images below.

On May 8, after almost 8 years, astronomers located a planet, which they ultimately found out was the returning 2010 WC9. As per the expert, this asteroid dubbed 2010 WC9 would tend to brush against our planet this week, most probably on Tuesday.

This will be the second time in a month that an asteroid has flown this close to Earth.

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