Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

The asteroid will reach its closest point to Earth, 126,419 miles away, at approximately 6:05 p.m. ET. This isn't a particularly large Asteroid, it measures 197 to 427-feet.

Rewind the clock back to November 30, 2010, and the same observatory was recording its first observations of an asteroid, which had just safely coasted by Earth and the Moon. It began sharing footage Monday to allow viewers to observe the asteroid in space before it whizzes past Earth.

NASA's JPL also said that the 2010 WC9 will not come this close to our planet for another 300 years. This asteroid was "lost" and then found again.

The asteroid measures between 197 and 427 feet in diameter - longer than a football field - and travels at speeds of 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky.


An asteroid of the size of a long football field reportedly would pass right by the Earth at a seemingly closer distance.

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

Asteroid 2010 WC9 is an Apollo type space rock.

For those interested in seeing the asteroid zoom past, Earth Sky says it will "get as bright as magnitude +11", making it visible enough for amateur stargazers to catch it through their telescopes or powerful binoculars. It was discovered by astronomers in 2010 who were a part of the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey.


Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun.

We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page on the night of May 14, likely around midnight, if the weather forecast remains positive.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 moves at a speed of 200 meters per second. "We, of course, collect astrometric data while this happens, but the movement of the asteroid will occur every five seconds". "We had helped to recover an asteroid that was lost eight years ago", astronomer Guy Wells, of the Northolt Branch Observatories in London, told Newsweek.


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