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

Asteroid 2010 WC9

Asteroid 2010 WC9

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.

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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.

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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.

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