Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Long lost massive asteroid to pass close by the Earth

Asteroid 2010 WC9 Will Pass by Earth on 15th May 2018 Is it Dangerous? Here's How You Can Watch It Representational Image
Elijah Vega | 14 May, 2018, 09:09

They didn't have enough observations to track its orbit fully and so predict its return.

Asteroid that could be longer compared to a football area will certainly quickly have a near-Earth experience as it will certainly zoom past the planet at regarding half its range from the moon. On May 8, astronomers spotted the asteroid and gave it a new name before realizing it was 2010 WC9. The size of the 2010 WC9 is estimated to be between 197 feet to 427 feet (60 meters to 130 meters).

The asteroid measures between 197 and 427 feet in diameter - longer than a football field - and travels at speeds of 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky. On May 8, 2018 - nearly eight years later - astronomers discovered an asteroid and gave it the temporary designation ZJ99C60.

Space rock "Asteroid 2010 WC9" will have a near-Earth encounter, about half the lunar distance, on Tuesday, media reports said. Diameter in the range of 60-130 meters. The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona first detected it on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched it until December 1, when it became too faint to see. "This asteroid was "lost" and then discovered again". In accordance with the received reports, this flyby is predicted to take place at near about 3.05 p.m.

The Minor Planet Center indicates that 2010 WC9 is an Apollo type asteroid, just like the infamous Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russian Federation in 2013, injuring around 1,500 people.

NASA's JPL also said that the 2010 WC9 will not come this close to our planet for another 300 years.

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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".

"Our display will update every five seconds", Guy Wells tells EarthSky in an email.

On May 8, after almost 8 years, astronomers located a planet, which they ultimately found out was the returning 2010 WC9. We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds!

It is still a faint object of 18th magnitude, but it is brightening very rapidly: 2010 WC9 will be brighter than 11th magnitude at closest approach, making it visible in a small telescope!

The object was reportedly imaged twice. On May 15th in Eastern Time, it was only 126,000 miles from Earth. However, Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast live from their telescope the day before the "lost" asteroid's approach, the nonprofit organization announced on Facebook.

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