Massive asteroid to brush past Earth: Watch closest encounter in 300 years

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 10. Image via Daniel Bamberger  Northolt Branch Observatories

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will pass by the Earth, narrowly missing us.

Estimates of asteroid's diameter range from 197 to 427 feet. Again find a heavenly body was only may 8, 2018. The sky survey is created to detect asteroids, comets, and other small solar system bodies, particularly those that could pose a threat to Earth.

Is asteroid 2010 WC9 large sufficient that we should be stressed over the close experience?

In February of 2018 in Russian Federation offered for United States dollars 210 billion to create a fusion megarocket to repel the attack from outer space (asteroid defense weapon). The asteroid is going to fly past the Earth at 28,000 miles per hour.

Lost in space for over 7 years, massive asteroid 2010 WC9 has been found again, and is making a return flyby of Earth on Tuesday, as it passes within the orbit of the Moon.

Experts anticipate that the 2010 WC9 asteroid could reach a brightness or magnitude of 11, so although it will not be visible to the naked eye, at least through telescopes pointed at the right place at the right time, it should be sighted moving in front of the stars.

The space rock was dubbed as the "lost" asteroid. 2010 WC9 will make a particularly close approach on May 15th, at a distance of 203,000 km from Earth (0.00136 AU, about half the distance to the Moon).

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Just last month, astronomers spotted a slightly smaller asteroid for the first time just before it buzzed by us. The asteroid will move pretty fast (30 seconds of arc per minute).

The webcast will feature live views of 2010 WC9 captured by four different telescopes at Slooh's observatory at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Slooh representatives said.

"Our Astrometric information while this occurs, but the motion of the asteroid will happen every five minutes", explained Wells.

"Once enough data had been collected by us, and other observatories, it soon became apparent that it wasn't a new asteroid".

Daniel Bamberger of Northolt stated on his Facebook page that the object has been imaged twice.

2010 WC9 was discovered in November 2010 and observed through December of that year. It is nevertheless one of the closest flybys recorded for such a big object.

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