Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

130m-wide asteroid to zoom past Earth on Tuesday

130m-wide asteroid to zoom past Earth on Tuesday

The 2010 WC9 would reportedly be at the closest distance to our planet at near about "6.05 p.m". They were not able to predict when it will return due to the lack of observations on its orbit. Astronomers think that in spite of its dimension as well as range to Earth, 2010 WC9 will securely zoom past the planet. On May 15th in Eastern Time, it was only 126,000 miles from Earth. However, astronomers believe 2010 WC9 will safely fly by Earth without any damage, according to Tech Times. 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.

Experts anticipate that the 2010 WC9 asteroid could reach a brightness or magnitude of 11, so although it will not be visible to the naked eye, at least through telescopes pointed at the right place at the right time, it should be sighted moving in front of the stars.

The asteroid measures from 60 to 130 meters and moves at a speed of more than 28,000 miles per hour, WeekFacts.com reported late on 12 May.

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. "Check out the link below to learn more about this asteroid, why it's special, and how to see it for yourself", on their Facebook page Say.

Guy Wells, of the observatory, said: "We are planning to broadcast this asteroid live to our Facebook page if the weather forecast remains positive". We will be at us on Monday. Diameter in the range of 60-130 meters.


An asteroid of the size of a long football field reportedly would pass right by the Earth at a seemingly closer distance.

One of the ways this small asteroid is, "Earth Site EarthSky said". The Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona first detected it on November 30, 2010, and astronomers watched it until December 1, when it faded to see. "This asteroid was "lost" and then discovered again".

Daniel Bamberger, also at Northolt Branch Observatories, sent along the two images below.

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.

"We imaged this object twice: first on May 9th, when its provisional name was ZJ99C60; then on May 10th it was once again identified as asteroid 2010 WC9".

Like this: