An asteroid the size of the American Statue of Liberty and a little less Italian the leaning tower of Pisa will fly past Earth on Tuesday, according to NASA. Again find a heavenly body was only may 8, 2018. The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona first detected it on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched it until December 1, when it became too faint to see.
When it was first discovered in 2010, astronomers could not predict when it might return because the data on the orbit was not clear. The asteroid 2010 WC9 of "18 magnitude" appears to be faint. The 2010 WC9 is arriving within about "0.53 lunar-distances" from our planet. According to orbit calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the May 15 close approach is the closest of this particular asteroid in almost 300 years. No, not by any absolute measure. The Chelyabinsk meteor was two to three times smaller than this week's 2010 WCJ, but its force upon entering Earth's atmosphere still broke windows in multiple Russian cities and hospitalized more than 1,000 people.
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The diameter range of 2010 WC9 is estimated to be between 197 and 427 feet, while the size of the Chelyabinsk meteor is around 65 feet. After a few weeks, the scientists lost track of the asteroid.
Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth. 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.
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"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time". The asteroid will move pretty fast (30 seconds of arc per minute). "Our display will update every five seconds", Guy Wells, the founding member of the observatory, told EarthSky.
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.
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Scientists are paying close attention to a fairly large asteroid that will soon pass through the earth.