An asteroid that could be longer than a football field will pass Earth on May 15. According to NASA, this will be the next flyby for an asteroid of this size in nearly 300 years. Ethan Miller | Getty Images )
An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will soon have a near-Earth encounter as it passes the planet at about half the distance from the moon
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The 2010 asteroid, called WC9, was first discovered on November 30, 2010 by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. The astronomers kept an eye on it until December 1 of this year, when it became too weak for monitoring. They were unable to tell when it would return to orbit due to lack of observations.
After nearly eight years, on May 8, astronomers found an asteroid they eventually recognized as the WC9 returning in 2010]. WC9 Asteroid will fly closest to Earth on May 15, at 18:05 EDT, when the Asteroid will only be located about 126,000 miles from Earth. According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the 2010 WC9 flyby will come closest to the asteroid that has reached its size in nearly 300 years.
Asteroid Close Call? 2010 WC9 against Chelyabinsk Meteor
Is the 2010 WC9 asteroid large enough that we should be worried about the close encounter? The asteroid, which is flying past the earth at 28,000 miles per hour, will measure between 60 and 130 meters, which can make it longer than soccer fields that extend over 110 meters.
Compared to other asteroids, WC9 2010 is not a big one, but probably bigger than the Chelyabinsk Meteor, which was originally estimated at 65 feet. However, the Chelyabinsk meteor injured more than a thousand people in Russia and smashed glass through the city after which it was named.
Is WC9, possibly larger than the Chelyabinsk Meteor, a major threat to the Earth in 2010? Astronomers believe that in 2010 WC9 will surely zoom out beyond the planet despite its size and distance to Earth.
How to Observe Asteroid 2010 WC9
The 2010 asteroid WC9 will not be bright enough to be visible to the human eye as it flies past the earth, but it is picked up by amateur telescopes at the right time show the right direction.
For those who like to watch from home Northolt Branch Observatories in London said it will broadcast the asteroids live from its Facebook page.
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