The planet, which will fly past the Earth at 28,000 miles each hr, will certainly determine from 60 meters to 130 meters, which could make it longer compared to football areas that go for 110 meters. It can be inferred from this that the asteroid would pass somewhere midway in between the moon and the Earth. This means that the close encounter on May 15 will be a safe one for our planet.
Unfortunately, the asteroid 2010 WC9 is not going to be sufficiently bright enough to be visible in the sky to see with the naked eye.
The planet, called 2010 WC9, wased initially spotted on November 30, 2010, by the Catalina Skies Study in Arizona. Astronomers were able to observe the space object just before the first of December, after which he disappeared from sight.More news: Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Says He Wants Rafa Benitez To Stay On
The asteroid is known as the "lost" asteroid because for nearly 8 years after it was last observed scientists couldn't see it in space. When compared to other asteroids that have zipped by the Earth, 2010 WC9 is not a large one, although it's larger compared to the Chelyabinsk meteor, that was 65 feet long.
However, 8 years later, on May 8, astronomers discovered the asteroid and determined it as the loss of WC9 in 2010.
"The rock completed its orbit and is now hurtling back towards Earth eight years later", JPL explained in a statement. It'll get as close as 126,419 miles from Earth. The Chelyabinsk meteor was 20 meters large (before entering the earth's atmosphere).
Although it's larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor which entered the atmosphere and broke windows in six cities in Russian Federation, this asteroid will just graze past us.More news: Seann William Scott to star in 'Lethal Weapon' Season 3
News of its impending approach initially broke a week ago, the Inquisitr reported at the time.
For those that want to view from the convenience of their very own houses, Northolt Branch Observatories in London, England stated that it will certainly transmit the planet live from its Facebook web page.More news: Britons kidnapped in DR Congo gorilla sanctuary 'relieved' to be released