Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

130m-wide asteroid to zoom past Earth on Tuesday

130m-wide asteroid to zoom past Earth on Tuesday

Although 2010 WC9 is hurtling towards us at an incredible speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h), it's unlikely that the asteroid will change its trajectory.

An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will zoom past Earth on Tuesday.

However, does 2010 WC9 pose a danger to us?

"2010 WC9 will be brighter than 11th magnitude at closest approach, making it visible in a small telescope".

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.

The asteroid almost as big as a football field was first discovered in 2010 by a group of astronomers working on the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

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The diameter range of 2010 WC9 is estimated to be between 197 and 427 feet, while the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor is around 65 feet.

But the asteroid dashed out of sight and into the darkness of space by December, leaving scientists uncertain where it might be headed next. The limited observations at the time did not allow its orbit to be well defined until it was observed in recent days, nearly eight years later.

The space rock - dubbed Asteroid 2010 WC9 - will pass by the planet at around half the moon's distance on Tuesday.

The rock has completed its orbit and now returns to Earth eight years later. At that time, the asteroid will be 0.53 lunar-distances from Earth (126,419 miles or 203,453 km from Earth). However, astronomers believe 2010 WC9 will safely fly by Earth without any damage, according to Tech Times.

"We plan to broadcast this asteroid to our Facebook page if the weather forecast remains positive", Guy Wells of the observatory was quoted as saying. Experts say that an asteroid belonging to the Apollo group, you cannot notice with the naked eye, but can be seen in an Amateur telescope.

"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time", he added.

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