Asteroid Which Disappeared Eight Years Ago, Is Approaching Earth
Astronomers point out that there is no threat of impact
Photo from earthsky.org website
The “lost” asteroid, 2010 WC9, is approaching Earth, Zik reported.
It will safely pass at about half the moon’s distance on Tuesday, May 15. Its speed will be about 46 thousand kilometers per hour. The asteroid’s diameter ranges from 60 to 130 meters.
WC9 was first detected on Nov. 30, 2010, by the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona. Astronomers observed the space object until Dec. 10, after which it disappeared from the field of vision.
Employees of the American observatory have now managed to detect the asteroid almost eight years later.
Astronomers point out that there is no threat of impact.
The asteroid is an Apollo-type space rock. Apollo asteroids are a group of near-Earth asteroids named after 1862 Apollo, a stony asteroid, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s.
At no time will WC9 be visible to the naked eye as it sweeps past Earth.