Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
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Massive asteroid to brush past Earth: Watch closest encounter in 300 years

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

"The 2010 Asteroid WC9 will safely pass half the moon's distance on Tuesday, May 15, 2018". This specification of the Space rock'Asteroid 2010 WC9' comes forward following the official statement of the WeekFacts.com.

It was first detected by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona in 2010 and was tracked until it became too distant and hence too faint to see.

The space rock was dubbed as the "lost" asteroid. Now, imagine the damage that could be done by an asteroid the size of a house entering the atmosphere at more than 45,000 km/h.

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. That's about half the distance from the moon. The activity is estimated to take place on 15 May, Tuesday.

The asteroid is travelling through space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116kph).

The asteroid 2010 WC9, affectionately known as "the lost asteroid", at 200 to 400 feet wide, is close in size to a city block wide.


The object was reportedly imaged twice.

Asteroids the size of 2010 WC9 collide with our planet once every 6,000 years according to astronomers, and now, there are no known asteroids known to be on a collision course with the earth.

He clarified, however, that there is no reason to worry about the nearby passage of the 2010 WC9 asteroid. This is one of the closest passes ever made by an asteroid of this size, which means the asteroid itself will be visible to anyone with a small telescope.

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

During its closest approach at 6:05 p.m. EDT on May 15, 2010 WC9 will be at 0.53 lunar-distances from Earth. It's much bigger than Chelyabinsk meteor that fell in Russian Federation in 2013, but the trajectory does not lead him in the direction of our planet. "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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