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

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

After finally calculating the asteroid's orbit, JPL revealed that next week's approach will be the closest that 2010 WC9 has made in almost 300 years. After several years of observation, the rock's orbit was mapped out, Space.com reported. According to EarthSky, the space rock measures between 197 and 427 feet across.

An asteroid that's supposed to be longer than a football field is expected to whiz by Earth May 15. On May 8, 2018 - nearly eight years later - astronomers discovered an asteroid and gave it the temporary designation ZJ99C60. They lost it in 20 days and were neither able to determine the asteroid's complete orbit nor predict when it might make a comeback.

According to EarthSky, it's traveling at speeds of more than 28,600 miles per hour.

An asteroid that's estimated to be the size of the Statue of Liberty will narrowly miss Earth as it passes by the planet on May 14.

While the asteroid will be fairly close to Earth, the 200-400-foot rock won't be close enough to be seen by the naked eye.

This long-lost asteroid was initially spotted by the "Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona" on 30 November back in the year 2010.

Thanks to Northolt Branch Observatories, you can actually watch it while flying.

Astronomers believe the asteroid will safely pass by the Earth without causing any damage.

Even if 2010 WC9's actual size were close to the maximum estimate, the space rock wouldn't pose an existential threat to humanity; only space rocks about 0.6 miles (1 km) wide or larger are potential civilization-enders, NASA researchers have said. The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arcseconds per minute).

If you'd like to see it for yourself, the Northolt Branch Observatories in London will be carrying it live on their Facebook page. "We, of course, collect astrometric data while this happens, but the movement of the asteroid will occur every five seconds", Guy Wells said in a press release.

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