130m-wide Lost asteroid to zoom past Earth today

130m-wide Lost asteroid to zoom past Earth today

The football field-sized asteroid will fly closest to our planet on May 15, at 6:05 p.m. EDT, at about 126,419 miles from Earth, as per EarthSky. This isn't a particularly large Asteroid, it measures 197 to 427-feet. While rocky asteroids tend to explode in the atmosphere, such as the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, if one the size of 2010 WC9 made of iron were to hit the planet, it would leave a crater the size of Meteor Crater west of Winslow, Arizona.

Astronomers had picked up this asteroid in 2010 but then lost track of it until recently and now it's getting ready to pass closer than normal to us! But it was not imaged again until May 8th, 2018, when it was temporarily called ZJ99C60, and then again on May 10 when experts were able to identify it as 2010 WC9. It is now hurtling through space at more than 46,000 kilometers per hour, but there will not be any threat to the population on Earth during the closest approach at 6:05 pm EDT, EarthSky reported.

While the asteroid will pass by our planet about half the distance of the earth to the moon, it will not be visible to the naked eye.

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.

A report from EarthSky states that the asteroid, which is small by astronomical standards, is travelling at approximately 46,116 kilometres per hour. However, although significantly bigger than the 20-meter (or around 65 feet) Chelyabinsk meteor, 2010 WC9 will sweep past us without incident.

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It's about the size of the Statue of Liberty and it will be flying past Earth soon.

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

A "lost" asteroid will be whizzing across our skies on May the 14th! The asteroid will proceed pretty quickly (30 minutes of arc per second). While this doesn't happen often, this should pose no danger to us on earth.

"2010 WC9 is expected to reach 11th magnitude on the day of closest approach (May 15th), bright enough to be seen with a small telescope".

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