Football Field-sized Asteroid To Zip By Earth

'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

The giant asteroid, around the size of the Statue of Liberty, will track a peculiar path and fly between Earth and its natural satellite. The observatory will stream it live on Facebook beginning Monday, May 14 at midnight local United Kingdom time, so viewers can see 2010 WC9 in space before it begins its approach past Earth. Orbit calculations show that the May 15 pass is Earth's closest encounter for an asteroid this size in nearly 300 years. The experts, not being able to completely comprehend the asteroid, again re-imaged it on 10 May and named it as 2010 WC9. But it is larger than the estimated size of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which entered Earth's atmosphere, breaking windows in six Russian cities and causing some 1,500 people to seek medical attention, in 2013. The planet, which will fly past the Earth at 28,000 miles each hr, will certainly determine from 60 meters to 130 meters, which could make it longer compared to football areas that go for 110 meters. It will come within 126,419 miles of Earth - the closest it has come to our planet in 300 years - though it is still considered a safe passing distance.

The space rock was dubbed as the "lost" asteroid. The 2010 WC9 would reportedly be at the closest distance to our planet at near about "6.05 p.m".

Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth.

We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page on the night of May 14, likely around midnight, if the weather forecast remains positive.

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"The broadcast will last less than 25 minutes, since the asteroid will cross our field of view during this time period". The nonprofit organization specializes in observation of near-Earth asteroid and small objects in the solar system.

"The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arc seconds per minute)". We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds!

Thanks to Northolt Branch Observatories, you can actually watch it while flying.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 was spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona in 2010 - but became to faint to see.

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