Asteroid Possibly Longer Than Football Field Will Soon Have Near-Earth Encounter

Asteroid Possibly Longer Than Football Field Will Soon Have Near-Earth Encounter

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

The Asteroid 2010 WC9 will be at a half moon's distance from Earth and it will not change its trajectory to crash into our planet!

An asteroid somewhere between the size of New York's Statue of Liberty and Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to fly safely past Earth on Tuesday. Asteroids like Eros and 2010 WC9 offer huge scientific and commercial opportunities.

On May 8, after nearly eight years, astronomers found an asteroid, which they eventually figured out was the returning 2010 WC9.

As per the experts, the asteroid 2010 WC9 is even larger than that of the "Chelyabinsk meteor" that had injured near about one thousand people and had wrecked glasses on its breaking up atop Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation in the year 2013.

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. Now, eight years since it first made an appearance on astronauts' radar, the Apollo type space rock is set to make a triumphant return.

Scientists are paying close attention to a fairly large asteroid that will soon pass through the earth. 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.

"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!"

Daniel Bamberger, also at Northolt Branch Observatories, sent along the two images below. The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time.

"The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arc seconds per minute). 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". It's one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.

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