An asteroid, the size of New York's Statue of Liberty, is expected to be shaken by Earth on Tuesday, and this time scientists are ready and waiting.
At its next point, the asteroid – called WC9 in 2010 – will be roughly 126,000 miles from Earth, about half the distance between Earth and Moon at about 6:05 ET, according to the NASA Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS ).
The estimated diameter of the asteroid is between 197 and 427 feet. "This is one of the closest approximations ever seen on an asteroid of this size," reports EarthSky.
This is nothing compared to asteroids that form the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that can measure up to 580 miles. NASA explains on its website. However, these asteroids are not a threat to Earth.
The Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), a space project supported by the NASA Near Field Observation Program (NEOO), first discovered the asteroid in November 2010. But Daniel Bamberger with London's Nortolt Branch Observatories, notes that the asteroid has been lost for 8 years.
"Discovered at Catalina Sky Survey in November 2010, he was lost to his rediscovery on May 8, 2018 near access on May 15 at a distance of 203,000 km from Earth (.00136 AU, about half of the He is currently visible at +15 mag and is getting brighter, "he wrote on Facebook early Monday.
If you want to see the passage in action, CSS suggests checking the NBO's live stream.
"Astronomy is an outdoor sport, fingers crossed that the weather is improving! If it does not get better, we'll do a post with old pictures." and offer alternatives where to do "2010 live views of WC9 at a later time," NBO said in a Facebook post, adding that they would release live pictures on Monday night.
The asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye, but you will probably be. Englisch: bio-pro.de/en/region/stern/magazine/…2/index.html See stain, says Bamberger. But you're better off – the asteroid is fast: it speeds through space at 28,655 mph, EarthSky reports.
This is the second major asteroid that has come close to Earth in recent months.
An Asteroid The size of a football field flew on Earth in April. The GE3 asteroid 2018 was discovered just one day before flying over the earth, which scientists called the "surprise" flyby.
"There are many near asteroid approaches, [but] most are very small. [this] Greatness has ever come closer than the Moon," said NBO astronomer Guy Wells to Newsweek.
It is unlikely that these asteroids will do any damage. Due to their speed, the majority collapse due to "friction with the air" as soon as they enter the Earth's atmosphere, explains EarthSky. But that does not mean that it is not important to pursue their activity.
"There are many asteroids and comets in our solar system and it is impossible to predict the trajectories of all these objects, but we must try it," University of Saskatchewan astronomy professor Daryl Janzen said in a statement online. "Although the likelihood is low, it is important to discover as many NEOs as possible so that if you get into a collision course with Earth, we can try to do something about it."