Jumbo jet-sized asteroid to make 'closest ever' pass by Earth

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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 space rock is believed to be equivalent in size to the one that exploded more than 100 years ago in Russia's Tunguska region in Siberia - the largest impact event on Earth in recorded history. As of December 2017, Dr. Amy Mainzer - an asteroid expert at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - reported that "there are no objects that have been identified that are known to be on a collision course with Earth".

It is expected that a space rock will have a near encounter with the Earth today.

Although it's larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor which entered the atmosphere and broke windows in six cities in Russian Federation, this asteroid will just graze past us.

The asteroid will be moving at a speed of about 28,655 miles per hour when it shoots past the Earth and is the closest this particular asteroid has passed Earth in 300 years, according to EarthSky.

"The 2010 Asteroid WC9 will safely pass half the moon's distance on Tuesday, May 15, 2018".

"Although asteroids have been detected several times passing between the Earth and the Moon, what is not very common is to see an asteroid larger than a 20-story building passing this close", said Eddie Irizarry, the vice president of the Caribbean Astronomical Society.

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It is being said that the space rock has completed its orbit and now comes back to the Earth.

Though it won't be visible to the naked eye during the flyby, astronomers predict small telescopes might give a faint view of the space rock if pointed in the direction at the right time.

Scientists say that Asteroid 2010 WC9 was "lost" and then found. Its size ranges from 197 to 427 feet (60-130 meters), making it possible to pass the closest ever on May 15.

Discovered on November 30, 2010 by the Catalina Sky Survey, Arizona, specialized in the detection of this type of objects, it had disappeared from the radar after ten days, as it went away and became too dim to be observed.

Here's when you can tune in to watch, or take out your telescope, depending on where you live in Canada. The asteroid will move pretty fast (30 seconds of arc per minute).

'Our display will be updated every five seconds.

The stone has finished its orbit and returns to Earth eight decades later.

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