Near Earth an asteroid about the size of the Statue of Liberty

15 May, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 9. Image via Daniel Bamberger  Northolt Branch Observatories

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.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 is travelling though space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h). The 2010 sign means that it was initially detected in 2010, particularly on November 30, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona.

However, only days later, on December 1st of that year, the asteroid was last observed as scientists lost sight of it as it became extremely faint. The object will pass by at a close but safe distance from us.

Now that same asteroid is back and about to buzz by us about 70 times closer than it did eight years ago.

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An asteroid of the size of a long football field reportedly would pass right by the Earth at a seemingly closer distance. "We didn't know how close, but we had ruled out any chance that it would hit the Earth", Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told CBC News.

As per the experts, the asteroid 2010 WC9 is even larger than that of the "Chelyabinsk meteor" that had injured near about one thousand people and had wrecked glasses on its breaking up atop Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation in the year 2013. However, 2010 WC9 could still do quite a bit of damage on a local scale if it were on a collision course with Earth (which it's not, for the foreseeable future). Astronomers believe, however, that despite its larger size and the distance from our planet, it doesn't pose danger and is likely going to just fly by.

Although Tuesday's visitor won't be visible to the naked eye, star gazers might be able to catch a glimpse of it with a telescope. If you don't have a telescope to spare, amateur astronomers can watch a livestream of the event, courtesy of the Northolt Branch Observatories in London.

But when you hear that the Asteroid is actually as big as the Liberty statue, you would obviously get anxious. But, persons wishing to see the asteroid can tune in to Slooh, the astronomy broadcasting service beginning at 4 pm Alaska time.

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