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Near Earth an asteroid about the size of the Statue of Liberty

14 May 2018, 06:16 | Justin Tyler

Orbit of asteroid 2010 WC9 via Asteroid Orbit View and Northolt Branch Observatories

Orbit of asteroid 2010 WC9 via Asteroid Orbit View and Northolt Branch Observatories

Asteroid 2010 WC9 moves at a speed of 200 meters per second.

According to EarthSky, Tuesday's close encounter will be one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.

Bottom line: Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon's distance on May 15, 2018. The object will pass by at a close but safe distance from us.

Aside from its impending visit, 2010 WC9 is particularly interesting because it has an unusual story behind it. Astronomers are calling it the "lost" asteroid because it vanished from their sight for almost eight years.

We imaged this object twice: First on May 9, when it was still known by its temporary designation ZJ99C60; then again on May 10, after it was identified as asteroid 2010 WC9, which had been a lost asteroid for eight years.

An asteroid called 2010 WC9 will safety make a very close flyby of the Earth tomorrow.

As compared to various other planets, 2010 WC9 is not a big one yet it is likely larger compared to the Chelyabinsk meteor, which was originally approximated to be 65 feet long. Astronomers were able to observe the space object just before the first of December, after which he disappeared from sight. The limited observations at the time did not allow its orbit to be well defined until it was observed in recent days, nearly eight years later.

The rock has completed its orbit and now returns to Earth eight years later. It's much bigger than Chelyabinsk meteor that fell in Russian Federation in 2013, but the trajectory does not lead him in the direction of our planet.

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

Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth.

"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time". However, Northolt Branch Observatories in England will broadcast live from their telescope the day before the "lost" asteroid's approach, the nonprofit organization announced on Facebook.

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