An asteroid which is bigger than the size of the cricket field has just flown past Earth from a safe distance. The report suggests that the asteroid named as 2010 WC9 had made the closest approach to the Earth at about 6:05 PM EDT and at a distance of about 126,000 miles. This distance is half the distance between Earth and Moon.
The asteroid whose size is measuring about 130 meters in diameter has passed Earth at a speed of 29,000 miles per hour, which is faster than a bullet. According to the Dr. Paul Chodas, who is the director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory present in Pasadena, California said, “The asteroid went past Earth without causing any harm. We knew enough not to be worried. There are no objects that have been identified that are known to be on a collision course with Earth.” The asteroid whose size is as big as 2010 WC9 collides with Earth only in every 6,000 years.
As per the report, this long-lost asteroid was first spotted by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona on 30th November in the year 2010. The asteroid was watched till December 2010, and after that, it becomes faint and lost. But now the asteroid has paid a visit to the scientists which is after eight long years. On May 8th, 2018, the scientists have spotted this asteroid and named it, but after some time, they realize that it is the same 2010 WC9 asteroid.
This is reported as the second time in 30 days; an asteroid has flown past Earth in such close distance. On 15th April 2018, an asteroid named as 2018 GE3 has flown past Earth with 119,500 miles apart.