Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Asteroid the Size of City Block to Pass Earth Today

Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 10. Image via Daniel Bamberger  Northolt Branch Observatories Asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 10. Image via Daniel Bamberger Northolt Branch Observatories
Kim Reese | 15 May, 2018, 22:45

The space rock "Asteroid 2010 WC9" will be at 0.53 lunar distance from the Earth.

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.

The asteroid was first observed in 2010, but soon became too faint to see and was lost for eight years. On May 8 of this year, astronomers discovered it once again, and this time, it was close enough to determine its orbit, Popular Mechanics reports.

There have been several instances where an asteroid has skimmed past Earth.

The closest approach will happen May 15 at 6:05 pm RDT.

We're about to have a close encounter of a rocky kind, but don't worry, the Earth is safe. This isn't a particularly large Asteroid, it measures 197 to 427-feet.

Is this a large asteroid? The blast caused 1,500 injuries, which were mainly due to shattered glass, Deborah Byrd reported for EarthSky in 2016.

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However, this time, it's about a different space rock.

The Asteroid steps from 60 to 130 meters, also moves at a rate of over 28,000 miles per hour, WeekFacts.com reported on Saturday. In addition, Slooh astronomers Paul Cox and Paige Godfrey will discuss and answer viewer questions about the asteroid and its trajectory. The asteroid will proceed pretty quickly (30 minutes of arc per second). We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds!

The object was reportedly imaged twice.

He added that this is a "fairly rare event", and that those interested could potentially view 2010 WC9 with a small telescope.

This might seem like a long way away from us, but it is actually one of the closest known approaches of an asteroid of this size.

The asteroid was not be visible to the naked eye but those who do not have telescopes can still get in on the action via Northolt Branch Observatories, which was posting a live broadcast to its Facebook account.

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