Experts say that an asteroid longer than a football field will soon be uncomfortably close to our Earth.
Scientists are paying close attention to a fairly large asteroid that will soon pass through the earth.
The asteroid 2010 WC9, discovered for the first time in the Catalina sky survey in Arizona on November 30, 2010, returned to another visit and will be delivered at an incredibly short distance from our half-moon.
When it was first discovered in 2010, astronomers could not predict when it might return because the data on the orbit was not clear.
However, 8 years later, on May 8, astronomers discovered the asteroid and determined it as the loss of WC9 in 2010. It will be closest to Earth at 6:05 in the afternoon. On May 15th in Eastern Time, it was only 126,000 miles from Earth.
The asteroid will fly over the earth at a staggering 28,000 mph and it will be between 60 and 130 meters. This may make it larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor.
The meteor is about 65 feet long (only about 20 meters) and damaged thousands of buildings when it hit the city in 2013.
Thanks to Northolt Branch Observatories, you can actually watch it while flying.
“We have discussed unusual objects 2010 with WC9 with EarthSky! Check out the link below to learn more about this asteroid, why it’s special, and how to see it for yourself,” on their Facebook page Say.
“If you want to watch an asteroid from the couch, you can do this too: we plan to broadcast from the telescope on the night of May 14 (closest to the day before approaching) as long as the weather allows! We will be at us on Monday. Share details about this on the Facebook page.”
“The 2010 Asteroid WC9 will safely pass half the moon’s distance on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Its size ranges from 197 to 427 feet (60-130 meters), making it possible to pass the closest ever on May 15.
One of the ways this small asteroid is, “Earth Site EarthSky said. “This asteroid was “lost” and then discovered again. The Arizona Catalina sky survey was first discovered on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched until December 10, when it became too weak.
They can’t see it.They don’t have enough observations to fully track their orbits and predict their return.May 8, 2018 – About 8 years later – astronomers discovered an asteroid and gave it a temporary name ZJ99C60 Then they realized that this was the asteroid 2010 WC9 and it was back. ”
Daniel Bamberger of Northolt stated on his Facebook page that the object has been imaged twice.
“We imaged this object twice: first on May 9th, when its provisional name was ZJ99C60; then on May 10th it was once again identified as asteroid 2010 WC9.
This asteroid has been lost. Eight years, “he wrote. “It is still a class 18 faint object, but it brightens very quickly: in 2010 WC9 will be 11th brighter than the closest approach, making it visible in the small telescope!”