Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Huge discovery about Lost asteroid stuns scientists

Asteroid 2010 WC9 GETTY HUGE Asteroid 2010 WC9 will come incredibly close to Earth next week
Frank Williams | 14 May, 2018, 18:13

Asteroid 2010 WC9 is travelling though space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h).

Scientists spotted a football field-sized asteroid that is going to zip by our planet pretty soon.

Asteroid flyby tales are no more uncommon, with one of the most current one on asteroid 2018 GE3, which was just identified after it passed the Earth Exactly what makes this future planet flyby deserving of a tale? Astronomers think that in spite of its dimension as well as range to Earth, 2010 WC9 will securely zoom past the planet.

The asteroid 2010 WC9, discovered for the first time in the Catalina sky survey in Arizona on November 30, 2010, returned to another visit and will be delivered at an incredibly short distance from our half-moon. Its size ranges from 197 to 427 feet (60-130 meters), making it possible to pass the closest ever on May 15.

However, only days later, on December 1st of that year, the asteroid was last observed as scientists lost sight of it as it became extremely faint.

However, an asteroid discovered earlier this month - ZJ99C60, spotted on May 8 - turned out to be a blast from the past as astronomers realized it was actually 2010 WC9 coming back after nearly eight years. Astronomers did not have enough information about 2010 WC9's orbit to keep track of it until it reappeared this month.

"The rock completed its orbit and is now hurtling back towards Earth eight years later", JPL explained in a statement.

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After finally calculating the asteroid's orbit, JPL revealed that next week's approach will be the closest that 2010 WC9 has made in almost 300 years.

An asteroid of the size of a long football field reportedly would pass right by the Earth at a seemingly closer distance.

While it's not by any means a doomsday rock, it's thought to be bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor which left 1,500 injured in 2013 when it exploded over Russian Federation.

News of its impending approach initially broke a week ago, the Inquisitr reported at the time.

"We plan to broadcast this asteroid to our Facebook page if the weather forecast remains positive", Guy Wells of the observatory was quoted as saying.

You won't be able to see it with the naked eye, but the Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast it live from their telescope on its Facebook page.

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