Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Lost Asteroid 2010 WC9 to come close to Earth on May 15

Lost Asteroid 2010 WC9 to come close to Earth on May 15

However, it is rapidly brightening and is expected to get even brighter than eleventh magnitude when it is at the closest distance to the Earth.

Another asteroid will fly by near Earth on Tuesday, May 15. On May 8, 2018 - nearly eight years later - astronomers discovered an asteroid and gave it the temporary designation ZJ99C60.

The Minor Planet Center indicates that 2010 WC9 is an Apollo type asteroid, just like the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russian Federation in 2013, injuring around 1,500 people.

The jumbo jet-sized asteroid 2010 WC9 is approaching the earth's neighborhood and will zoom past getting as close as 126,000 miles from us on Tuesday at speeds estimated to be approximately 29,000 miles per hour. It will pass about half the distance between Earth and the moon - about 200,000 kilometres - travelling around 12.8 kilometres a second.

The tracking and science website notes that this is the first time an asteroid of this size has come this close to our planet in about 300 years.

Though it won't be visible to the naked eye during the flyby, astronomers predict small telescopes might give a faint view of the space rock if pointed in the direction at the right time. You can also watch it by visiting the Slooh website tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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This long-lost asteroid was initially spotted by the "Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona" on 30 November back in the year 2010.

"Our Astrometric information while this occurs, but the motion of the asteroid will happen every five minutes", explained Wells.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 has been "missing" and then discovered.

"Once enough data had been collected by us, and other observatories, it soon became apparent that it wasn't a new asteroid".

At the same time, the Northolt Branch Observatories (NBO) in London, England, will be live streaming the close encounter on its Facebook page.

The stone has finished its orbit and returns to Earth eight decades later.

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