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Asteroid larger than a Football Field will be near by Earth Experience

Asteroid larger than a Football Field will be near by Earth Experience

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). Hopefully, the space agency's asteroid defense system will be ready before any asteroid gets dangerously too close to our planet.

Unfortunately, the asteroid 2010 WC9 is not going to be sufficiently bright enough to be visible in the sky to see with the naked eye. After almost eight years the staff of the American Observatory was again able to fix 2010 WC9.

Asteroid 2010 WC9 is travelling though space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h).

Experts say that an asteroid longer than a football field will soon be uncomfortably close to our Earth.

The planet, called 2010 WC9, wased initially spotted on November 30, 2010, by the Catalina Skies Study in Arizona. That closest approach will put it 0.53 lunar distances from Earth, or about 126,419 miles from Earth. Inning accordance with the Jet Propulsion Lab of NASA, the flyby of 2010 WC9 will certainly be the closest of a planet its dimension in virtually 300 years.

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"The broadcast will be less than 25 minutes in duration, as the asteroid will cross our field of view within that period of time", he added.

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. The asteroid will move pretty fast (30 seconds of arc per minute).

New observations from May 8th onwards allowed us to better establish the trajectory of the space rock and it has been revealed shows that it would be whizzing between the Earth and the Moon on Tuesday, May 15th.

"We are of course collecting astrometric data while this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds". It's one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.

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.