Lost asteroid to fly between moon and Earth tonight

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 9. Image via Daniel Bamberger  Northolt Branch Observatories

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 9. Image via Daniel Bamberger Northolt Branch Observatories

The asteroid is going to fly past the Earth at 28,000 miles per hour.

Nearly eight years later, on May 8, astronomers managed to track down the asteroid, and after close observations they concluded it was 2010 WC9 that had returned.

The planet, called 2010 WC9, wased initially spotted on November 30, 2010, by the Catalina Skies Study in Arizona.

Now that same asteroid is back and about to buzz by us about 70 times closer than it did eight years ago.

The space rock, dubbed 2010 WC9, spans around 197 to 427 feet and is expected to pass at about half the distance to the Moon (approximately 126,419 miles from Earth) on May 15. "If it doesn't improve then we will make a post with old images, and provide alternatives where you might see live views of 2010 WC9 at later times", NBO explained in a Facebook post, adding that they would start posting live images Monday night.

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NASA says it'll be the closest asteroid of its size in almost 300 years.

But when you hear that the Asteroid is actually as big as the Liberty statue, you would obviously get anxious. Using the data acquired so far, scientists have calculated 2010 WC9's orbit to 2158 and this is the closest it will come to Earth with that timeframe. The big news here is that this will be one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid this size. The simple disintegration of the high-speed car-sized object had nevertheless been enough to blow up thousands of windows in several municipalities in the Urals, injuring more than 1,500 people. The nonprofit organization specializes in observation of near-Earth asteroid and small objects in the solar system.

"The air will continue less than 25 minutes, because the Asteroid will cross our field of view in this period of time".

You won't be able to see it with the naked eye, but the Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast it live from their telescope on its Facebook page. The asteroid will proceed pretty quickly (30 minutes of arc per second).

"Our display will update every five seconds".

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