A long-lost asteroid larger than the size of the is going to whiz past Earth. As per the expert, this asteroid dubbed 2010 WC9 would tend to brush against our planet this week, most probably on Tuesday. What’s striking is that it will be the closest approach to the Earth by an asteroid in past 300 years.
This long-lost asteroid was initially spotted by the “Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona” on 30th November back in the year 2010. It was watched over till December 2010 after which it became faint. After a few weeks, the scientists lost track of the asteroid. However, the asteroid has now paid a visit after eight long years on 8th May this year and its activity had initially made the researchers suspicious.
As per the latest reports, the asteroid would not hit the Earth. The 2010 WC9 is arriving within about “0.53 lunar-distances” from our planet. It can be inferred from this that the asteroid would pass somewhere midway in between the moon and the Earth. The activity is estimated to take place on 15th May, Tuesday. The 2010 WC9 would reportedly be at the closest distance to our planet at near about “6.05 p.m. Eastern time.”
The asteroid that would be moving at an estimated distance of about 203,453 kilometers (126,419 miles) could be reportedly witnessed even by the help of a small telescope. The size of the 2010 WC9 is estimated to be between 197 feet to 427 feet (60 meters to 130 meters). In accordance with the received reports, this flyby is predicted to take place at near about 3.05 p.m. Pacific time.
The object was reportedly imaged twice. It was initially imaged on 9th May when it was temporarily called ZJ99C60. The experts, not being able to completely comprehend the asteroid, again re-imaged it on 10th May and named it as 2010 WC9. The asteroid 2010 WC9 of “18th magnitude” appears to be faint. However, it is rapidly brightening and is expected to get even brighter than eleventh magnitude when it is at the closest distance to the Earth.
This would reportedly be the 2nd time in thirty days for an asteroid body to fly at this proximity to our planet. On 15th April, an asteroid body known as 2018 GE3 was seen flying past the Earth from around 119,500 miles.
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 Russia in the year 2013. Nevertheless, the 2010 WC9 would not cause any damage to the Earth.