Huge discovery about Lost asteroid stuns scientists

2010 WC9 Asteroid Will Whiz Close To Earth On May 15th

'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

The 2010 WC9 would reportedly be at the closest distance to our planet at near about "6.05 p.m". The WeekFacts.com reported about the space rock on last Saturday.

Asteroids larger than 0.6 miles in length would be likely contenders, according to NASA.

This will be the second time in a month that an asteroid has flown this close to Earth.

After its initial discovery in 2010, researchers lost track of the asteroid for some eight years before rediscovering it on May 8.

The asteroid is known as the "lost" asteroid because for nearly 8 years after it was last observed scientists couldn't see it in space. Just recently, asteroid 2018 GE3 zipped by our planet and barely missed hitting it, and it was discovered only after it had already passed.

An asteroid whose dimensions range from 197 to 427 feet (approximately 60 to 130 meters) in diameter, 2010 WC9 asteroid, will pass safely between the Earth and the Moon on Tuesday, May 15th.

It will pass within 126,419 miles of Earth, or about half the distance from our planet to the moon.

It is being said that the space rock has completed its orbit and now comes back to the Earth. After just 21 hours after the asteroid was observed in the laboratory in Arizona, it is closer to Earth at a distance of less than 200 thousand kilometers.

Astronomers first discovered the asteroid, 2010 WC9, on November 30th 2010, but lost sight of it soon after.

Though it won't be visible to the naked eye during the flyby, astronomers predict small telescopes might give a faint view of the space rock if pointed in the direction at the right time.

Astronomers said 2010 WC9 orbits the sun every 1.12 years. The asteroid will move pretty fast (30 seconds of arc per minute).

If you'd like to see it for yourself, the Northolt Branch Observatories in London will be carrying it live on their Facebook page.

"Our Astrometric information while this occurs, but the motion of the asteroid will happen every five minutes", explained Wells.

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