An Asteroid the Size of the Statue of Liberty Will Whiz Past Earth Tomorrow. Here’s How to See It


An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty will zoom past Earth on Tuesday.

The asteroid, dubbed 2010 WC9, is about the size of a football field and will fly past Earth at about 28,655 miles per hour, according to EarthSky. It will come within 126,419 miles of Earth — the closest it has come to our planet in 300 years — though it is still considered a safe passing distance.

The asteroid is expected to whiz past Earth at 6:05 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, May 15.

‘Lost’ asteroid to pass closely May 15:https://t.co/GReylBTMIr

Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon’s distance, in one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.

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Despite its seemingly large size, the asteroid will not be visible to the naked eye from Earth. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the asteroid, it will be visible with a telescope for some people.

But even if you don’t have a telescope, you can still see the asteroid Tuesday night thanks to a livestream from Northholt Branch Observatories in London. The observatory will stream it live on Facebook beginning Monday, May 14 at midnight local U.K. time, so viewers can see 2010 WC9 in space before it begins its approach past Earth.

The asteroid was originally discovered in 2010 by The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, but was then lost when it “became too faint to see,” according to EarthSky. Astronomers did not have enough information about 2010 WC9’s orbit to keep track of it until it reappeared this month.

It is bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor, which broke up entering the Earth’s atmosphere …read more

Source:: Time – Science

      

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