An asteroid the scale of a soccer subject will have a detailed brush with Earth on Tuesday.
The asteroid, often known as 2010 WC9, was first noticed in November 2010 and was monitored till December of that yr, when it grew to become faint to see. On May eight, astronomers spotted the asteroid and gave it a new name before realizing it was 2010 WC9.
The asteroid measures between 197 and 427 toes in diameter — longer than a soccer subject — and travels at speeds of 28,655 mph, in keeping with EarthSky.
The flyby, anticipated to occur at three:05 p.m. Pacific time, is the closest approach of this particular asteroid in nearly 300 years, in keeping with EarthSky.
The asteroid is anticipated to get as close as 126,419 miles from Earth, or about half the distance of the moon, in keeping with the Great Lakes Ledger.
This will be the second time in a month that an asteroid has flown this close to Earth. On April 15, an asteroid referred to as 2018 GE3 flew by about 119,500 miles away from Earth.
The 2010 WC9 asteroid is most probably greater than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which injured greater than 1,000 folks and shattered glass when it broke up over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. However, astronomers imagine 2010 WC9 will safely fly by Earth with none harm, in keeping with Tech Times.
Unfortunately for all you stargazers, the asteroid will not be seen to the attention because it flies previous Earth. However, Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast live from their telescope the day earlier than the “lost” asteroid’s strategy, the nonprofit group introduced on Facebook.