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Huge discovery about Lost asteroid stuns scientists

14 May 2018

An asteroid called 2010 WC9 will safety make a very close flyby of the Earth tomorrow.

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

As compared to various other planets, 2010 WC9 is not a big one yet it is likely larger compared to the Chelyabinsk meteor, which was originally approximated to be 65 feet long.

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

"2010 WC9 is expected to reach 11th magnitude on the day of closest approach (May 15th), bright enough to be seen with a small telescope".

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According to EarthSky, Tuesday's close encounter will be one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size. However, the asteroid has now paid a visit after eight long years on 8 May this year and its activity had initially made the researchers suspicious. The 2010 sign means that it was initially detected in 2010, particularly on November 30, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. The 2010 WC9 is arriving within about "0.53 lunar-distances" from our planet.

An asteroid which was lost in space for eight years is making a reappearance tomorrow - with an alarmingly close whizz past our planet.

Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth.

Although 2010 WC9 is hurtling towards us at an incredible speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h), it's unlikely that the asteroid will change its trajectory.

Thanks to Northolt Branch Observatories, you can actually watch it while flying.

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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".

Nearly eight years later, astronomers realized that an asteroid they temporarily called ZJ99C60 was actually 2010 WC9 returning.

"Our display will update every five seconds". We are of course collecting astrometric data whilst this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds!

Guy Wells, of the observatory, said: "We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page if the weather forecast remains positive".

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Huge discovery about Lost asteroid stuns scientists