'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15

Asteroid 2010 WC9

GETTY HUGE Asteroid 2010 WC9 will come incredibly close to Earth next week

An asteroid the size of the American Statue of Liberty and a little less Italian the leaning tower of Pisa will fly past Earth on Tuesday, according to NASA. The nonprofit organization specializes in observation of near-Earth asteroid and small objects in the solar system. However, it is rapidly brightening and is expected to get even brighter than eleventh magnitude when it is at the closest distance to the Earth.

This might seem like a long way away from us, but it is actually one of the closest known approaches of an asteroid of this size. The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona first detected it on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched it until December 1, when it became too faint to see.

With the Earth may 16, 2018 at 01:05 Moscow time will converge on the minimum distance of the asteroid Ghost 2010 WC9, previously lost by astronomers. Estimates of asteroid 2010 WC9's diameter range from 197 to 427 feet (60-130 meters); estimates of the Chelyabinsk meteor's size before encountering Earth's atmosphere center around 65 feet (20 meters). The experts, not being able to completely comprehend the asteroid, again re-imaged it on 10 May and named it as 2010 WC9.

As per the experts, the asteroid 2010 WC9 is even larger than that of the "Chelyabinsk meteor" that had injured near about one thousand people and had wrecked glasses on its breaking up atop Chelyabinsk in Russian Federation in the year 2013.

"The rock completed its orbit and is now hurtling back towards Earth eight years later", JPL explained in a statement. According to calculations at NASA, this will be the asteroid's closest Earth flyby in almost 300 years.

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News of its impending approach initially broke a week ago, the Inquisitr reported at the time.

Unfortunately for all you stargazers, the asteroid won't be visible to the eye as it flies past Earth.

"We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page on the night of May 14, likely around midnight, if the weather forecast remains positive".

"The broadcast will last less than 25 minutes, since the asteroid will cross our field of view during this time period".

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