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

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 9. Image via Daniel Bamberger  Northolt Branch Observatories

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 9. Image via Daniel Bamberger Northolt Branch Observatories

The asteroid, dubbed 2010 WC9, is about the size of a football field and will fly past Earth at about 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky.

Astronomers have rediscovered a "lost" asteroid just a few days before it makes a close pass by Earth.

New observations from May 8th onwards allowed us to better establish the trajectory of the space rock and it has been revealed shows that it would be whizzing between the Earth and the Moon on Tuesday, May 15th. Astronomers think that in spite of its dimension as well as range to Earth, 2010 WC9 will securely zoom past the planet.

Experts anticipate that the 2010 WC9 asteroid could reach a brightness or magnitude of 11, so although it will not be visible to the naked eye, at least through telescopes pointed at the right place at the right time, it should be sighted moving in front of the stars.

More news: Is Walmart chasing a mirage in Flipkart with the $16-billion acquisition?

2010 WC9 first noticed on 30 November 2010 using Kalinskogo sky survey in Arizona.

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.

The object was first designated as ZJ99C60, but soon it was confirmed it was the lost asteroid 2010 WC9. Since there wasn't enough observational data to calculate its full orbit and predict its return, astronomers moved on to other space objects and the matter of 2010 WC9 was closed.

The rocky object has completed its orbit and now returns to Earth eight years later. It'll get as close as 126,419 miles from Earth.

More news: Prince Philip spotted with the Queen for first time since hip surgery

When the house-sized asteroid entered the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation, it released an energy equivalent to around 440,000 tons of TNT.

It is bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which broke up entering the Earth's atmosphere five years ago in 2013.

But even if you don't have a telescope, you can still see the asteroid Tuesday night thanks to a livestream from Northholt Branch Observatories in London.

"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.

More news: White House declines to condemn McCain remark

Recommended News

  • Justice Qazi Isa questions CJP's decision of reconstitution of bench

    Justice Qazi Isa questions CJP's decision of reconstitution of bench

    The justices, he said, had become "instruments for political maneuverings."Caloocan City Rep. He was incensed that Sereno had openly spoken against maneuvers to gain absolute power.
    India responsible for slow pace of 26/11 trial: Pak ex-minister

    India responsible for slow pace of 26/11 trial: Pak ex-minister

    ARY Television anchor Kashif Abbasi led the attack, commenting that Sharif had let Pakistan down to gain cheap publicity in India. Ms Rehman said no democratic state would ever allow non-state actors to go maim, plunder and loot across its border.
    Ederson signs new deal with Man City

    Ederson signs new deal with Man City

    Arsenal had already ensured sixth place while Huddersfield guaranteed their top-flight survival with a midweek draw at Chelsea . Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson agrees terms on a new deal to see him contracted to the Citizens for another seven years.
  • Gotham renewed for fifth and final season at Fox

    Gotham renewed for fifth and final season at Fox

    Fans breathed a sigh of relief when Lethal Weapon was renewed albeit with new leading man Seann William Scott. The fourth season finale of Gotham is set to air Thursday, May 17th at 8:00 on FOX.
    Four Earn NCAA Softball Regional Bids

    Four Earn NCAA Softball Regional Bids

    The victor of the Fayetteville Regional will play the victor of the Norman (Okla.) Regional in the super regional round. CT Friday evening, with Houston and Louisiana-Lafayette playing in the first game of the regional at 3 p.m.
    Petrol Price Hiked After 19 Day Pre-Karnataka Poll Hiatus

    Petrol Price Hiked After 19 Day Pre-Karnataka Poll Hiatus

    The rise in crude oil prices will increase the liability as the rupee has also started depreciating against the dollar. After the revision, a litre of petrol in Delhi will cost Rs 74.80 while diesel will be available for Rs 66.14 a litre.
  • The OnePlus 6 Was Briefly Listed On Amazon Germany

    The OnePlus 6 Was Briefly Listed On Amazon Germany

    Just a few days before launch, WinFuture has revealed what appears to be the first crystal clear images of the OnePlus 6 . OnePlus recently claimed that OnePlus 6 camera would rival those of Samsung Galaxy S9 , Apple iPhone X and Google Pixel 2.
    NHC eyeing tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico

    NHC eyeing tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico

    Long range data suggests a blocking pattern will setup across the country, so the unsettled pattern may linger past the weekend. The big impact will be the heavy rainfall, although that's not necessarily a bad thing since many areas have recently been dry.
    Ambati Rayudu tames IPL's most feared attack with 62-ball hundred

    Ambati Rayudu tames IPL's most feared attack with 62-ball hundred

    Rashid went wicketless and conceded 25 runs while Bangladeshi left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan was hit for 41 runs for no success. CSK has nice batsmen like Shane Watson , Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings who are able to take the team to big scores.
  • Tourist Students Drowned Into Jagran Ravine In Neelum

    Tourist Students Drowned Into Jagran Ravine In Neelum

    In a message, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed sympathy and regret over the incident. The Neelum Valley is a popular tourist destination in the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir.
    Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

    Legendary NFL coach Chuck Knox passes away at age 86

    In 2005, Knox was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in recognition of his achievements with the franchise. Louis Cardinals. "As Knox said himself, 'What you do speaks so well, no need to hear what you say'".
    Why I chose to spend Mother's Day away from my mother

    Why I chose to spend Mother's Day away from my mother

    These super rib-tickling memes can also be the best way to read aloud to your moms . " She used good psychology, I think". The world is full of possibilities, and you are a stronger person because you've come through some BS and won.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.