Giant 'lost' asteroid poised for one of closest-ever approaches to Earth


It is now hurtling through space at more than 46,000 kilometers per hour, but there will not be any threat to the population on Earth during the closest approach at 6:05 pm EDT, EarthSky reported.

"The rock completed its orbit and is now hurtling back towards Earth eight years later", JPL explained in a statement. It is a safe passing distance and will cause no harm.

2010 WC9 is one of almost 10,000 asteroids classified in the Apollo group, which is a class of near-Earth space rocks that cross over our planet's orbit in their trips around the sun. NASA says that this will be the closest approach of this asteroid in nearly 300 years. Just recently, asteroid 2018 GE3 zipped by our planet and barely missed hitting it, and it was discovered only after it had already passed.

An asteroid the size of the London Eye is going to fly past Earth this evening at 28,000mph.

The space rock - dubbed Asteroid 2010 WC9 - will be roughly 126,000 miles from Earth at its closest point tonight.

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An asteroid the size of a jumbo jet is about to buzz Earth, and you can learn all about the historic close encounter in a webcast this evening (May 14). The space rock was only recently rediscovered.

The space rock "Asteroid 2010 WC9" measures about sixty to one hundred and thirty meters.

The asteroid 2010 WC9 was temporarily lost after it was spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), a space project backed by NASA's Near Earth Object Observation Program (NEOO), in November 2010. The asteroid will be moving quite rapidly (30 arcseconds per minute).

Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. Our display will be updated every five seconds.

"We are of course collecting astrometric data while this is happening, but the motion of the asteroid will be apparent every five seconds". 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.