An asteroid the size of the Statue of Liberty is set to fly past Earth. Asteroid "2010 WC9" is expected to pass Earth at about half the distance to the Moon today. It's estimated to stretch about 170-to-400 feet across – about the size of a jumbo jet.
Astronomers say few objects of that size are seen passing so close to Earth, but the asteroid does not present any risk to our planet. Astronomers discovered the asteroid in 2010, but lost it for eight years until it popped up on their radar again earlier this month.
'Lost' asteroid to pass closely May 15:https://t.co/GReylBTMIr— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) May 12, 2018
Asteroid 2010 WC9 will pass at about half the moon's distance, in one of the closest approaches ever observed of an asteroid of this size.
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