Lost Asteroid 2010 WC9 to come close to Earth on May 15

Pat Wise
May 15, 2018

Is asteroid 2010 WC9 large sufficient that we should be stressed over the close experience?

Incoming: The Earth-Moon system has company tonight. Astronomers say that the threat of the asteroid to the planet no.

This long-lost asteroid was initially spotted by the "Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona" on 30 November back in the year 2010.

An asteroid that's estimated to be the size of the Statue of Liberty will narrowly miss Earth as it passes by the planet on May 14.

In fact, even in terms of size, this will be the closest ever approach made by an asteroid this big.

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Rest assured, the asteroid 2010 WC9 here is not going to fall on Earth. That's only roughly five times the distance of satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

A "lost" asteroid will be whizzing across our skies on May the 14th!

2010 WC9 completes one complete orbit every 1.12 years and approaches the sun as close as.78 astronomical units and as far away as 1.38 AU.

The passage of asteroid 2010 WC9 through the constellation Ophiuchus on May 15th from 00:00 to 16:00 UT.

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Asteroid flyby tales are no more uncommon, with one of the most current one on asteroid 2018 GE3, which was just identified after it passed the Earth Exactly what makes this future planet flyby deserving of a tale?

The southern hemisphere passage of asteroid 2010 WC9 on May 15th from 19:00 to 23:00 UT.

"The air will continue less than 25 minutes, because the Asteroid will cross our field of view in this period of time".

Since then, nobody had a clue of the asteroid's whereabouts until it showed up again on May 8.

He clarified, however, that there is no reason to worry about the nearby passage of the 2010 WC9 asteroid.

"How do you 'lose an asteroid?". We have a blind spot sunward, for example, and fast moving asteroids can also be hard to track across rich star fields and movement from one celestial hemisphere to the next.

However, does 2010 WC9 pose a danger to us?

Clouded out, or live in the wrong hemisphere?

If you don't have access to a small telescope of your own, you'll be able to watch the asteroid anyway thanks to a livestream from Northholt Branch Observatories.

Central Time: 5:15 p.m.

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