Long lost massive asteroid to pass close by the Earth

Long lost massive asteroid to pass close by the Earth

Long lost massive asteroid to pass close by the Earth

Pacific time, is the closest approach of this particular asteroid in almost 300 years, according to EarthSky. In space terms, the space rock is very small, classified as a near-Earth encounter. According to EarthSky, the space rock measures between 197 and 427 feet across.

"There are lots of asteroids and comets in our solar system and it's impossible to predict the trajectories of all of these objects, but we need to try", University of Saskatchewan astronomy professor Daryl Janzen said in a statement online.

The asteroid was first spotted by astronomers in 2010 and at the time, scientists were unable to track its orbit around the sun.

The 2018 GE3 asteroid was discovered just one day before it skimmed past Earth in what scientists called a "surprise" flyby. Space rock moves through space at a speed of 28,655 miles per hour (46,116 km/h).

But with that being said, there is an asteroid roughly the size of the Statue of Liberty that will pass uncomfortably close to the Earth tonight at around 6:05 p.m. EDT.

Astronomers have rediscovered a "lost" asteroid just a few days before it makes a close pass by Earth.

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Missing from the "radar" soon after its discovery in 2010, it was found by chance again on May 8th, while on its way for one of the closest flybys of the Earth for an object of this size. The rocky object has completed its orbit and now returns to Earth eight years later.

"The air will continue less than 25 minutes, because the Asteroid will cross our field of view in this period of time".

Rest assured, the asteroid 2010 WC9 here is not going to fall on Earth. The asteroid will proceed pretty quickly (30 minutes of arc per second).

The asteroid was not be visible to the naked eye but those who do not have telescopes can still get in on the action via Northolt Branch Observatories, which was posting a live broadcast to its Facebook account.

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

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