Today, the space rocks of the size of the Statue of Liberty will pass through the earth.
The 2010 Asteroid WC9 is 427 feet (130 meters) wide and 126,000 miles (203,000 kilometers) away from Earth – about half the moon.
The overflight will be the closest object to our planet for the last 300 years, and is one of the most recent methods of asteroids of this size observed so far.
Scientists insist that there is no reason to be shocked because space rocks are expected to pass at a safe distance.
The asteroid expert Elin Ryan of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told NBC News that in 2010 the WC9 moved at a rate of 29,000 miles per hour (46,500 kilometers) and with urban areas. The block is as big.
Although the 2010 WC9 is large in size and will not be visible to the naked eye, star fans may find objects through the telescope.
Astronomers discovered this space rock earlier this month after being “lost” about 8 years ago.
It was first discovered in the Catalina sky survey in Arizona in 2010 and was traced to it becoming too distant and therefore too weak.
Scientists couldn’t track their orbits and could not find it until it reappeared this month. It is estimated that it will pass some time today.
The size of the asteroid is between 197 and 427 feet (60 to 130 meters), which means that the lower estimate predicts it is longer than the football field.
It is larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which split into the windows of multiple Russian cities when it entered the Earth’s atmosphere in 2013.
The Chelyabinsk meteor is three times smaller than the 2010 WCJ, but more than 1,000 people were hospitalized.
According to EarthSky, the crash was “sticking 30 to 40 times more firmly” than the US atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
As it passed so close to Earth, astronomers are tracking the progress of WCJ in 2010 and playing it online.
Guy Wells of the Northolt Branch Observatories, London, said: “If the weather forecast is still normal, we plan to broadcast this asteroid to our Facebook page.
“The broadcast will last less than 25 minutes, because during this time the asteroid will pass our vision. The asteroid moves very fast (30 seconds per minute).
‘Our display is updated every five seconds. We will of course collect astrometric data when this happens, but the movement of the asteroid will occur every five seconds.