Largest asteroid in a century to whiz by Sept 1

August 30, 2017
The largest asteroid in more than a century will whiz safely past Earth on September 1 at a safe but unusually close distance of about 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers), NASA said

The largest asteroid in more than a century will whiz safely past Earth on September 1 at a safe but unusually close distance of about 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers), NASA said.

The asteroid was discovered in 1981, and is named Florence after the famed 19th century founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.

"Florence is the largest asteroid to pass this close to our planet since the first near-Earth asteroid was discovered over a century ago," said a US space agency statement.

It is one of the biggest asteroids in the Earth's vicinity, and measures about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) wide—or about the size of 30 Egyptian pyramids stuck together.

"While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.

Scientists plan to study the asteroid up close when it passes, using ground-based radar imaging in California and Puerto Rico.

"The resulting radar images will show the real size of Florence and also could reveal surface details as small as about 30 feet (10 meters)," said NASA.

This pass will be Florence's closest "since 1890 and the closest it will ever be until after 2500," added the US .

Asteroids are small, natural rocky bodies that orbit the Sun.

Large asteroid collisions with Earth are rare.

A car-sized hits Earth's atmosphere about once a year and burns up before reaching the surface.

"About every 2,000 years or so, a meteoroid the size of a football field hits Earth and causes significant damage to the area," said NASA.

"Finally, only once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten Earth's civilization comes along."

Scientists are confident that Florence will not be one of them.

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tj10
2.6 / 5 (5) Aug 30, 2017
Probably due to global warming! Everything else is it seems.
emartek5211
Aug 30, 2017
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TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Aug 31, 2017
Bible Book of Revelations chapter 8, Wormwood is the Biblical name for this object, Wormwood is an Herb it has a strong bitter tast so the bible describes that the Earth will pass through it,s tail raining very large boulders abd the bitterness from this Wormwood bitterness affecting our drinking water. in the chapter it also says about Earthquakes and more stiff from space
Indeed and the messiah rideth it's tail so you and your buds should drink your coolaid, lie back in your bunks with your air jordans on, and awaiteth eternity.

Hosannah jubilee shekinah etc
in Our good ole BIBLE
Yeah but your bible describes a flood that never happened, hebrew kingdoms that never existed, and rabbit cuds that arent there so meh.
CubicAdjunct747
1 / 5 (1) Aug 31, 2017
@ emartek- damn christian trolls. WHy dont you really read your bible. tell me about giving your daughter into slavery(exodus 21 7-11), and sacrificing your son genesis 22 1-18, oh and tell me about why god chose to cheat on Joseph with Mary? WHy couldnt he pick out a nice single girl?

back to the story, perhaps it would have been a good extra planet mining mission if there are some valuable minerals there based on spectra.
nasalies2ufools
1 / 5 (4) Aug 31, 2017
@ emartek- damn christian trolls. WHy dont you really read your bible. tell me about giving your daughter into slavery(exodus 21 7-11), and sacrificing your son genesis 22 1-18, oh and tell me about why god chose to cheat on Joseph with Mary? WHy couldnt he pick out a nice single girl?

back to the story, perhaps it would have been a good extra planet mining mission if there are some valuable minerals there based on spectra.

Space doesn't exist except in the minds of science fiction believers. No space, asteroids, vacuum. It's all a global religion of anything but the creator of all things. Only fools believe in the scriptures of men without proving to their own foolish minds what they believe to be real. If you cant prove what you believe to be true or real, it falls back to religious faith. We all chose what to believe we cant prove to ourselves to be truth. Because your religion shows you CGI images, You believe it's real. You are in the biggest religion of all mankind.
johnp
5 / 5 (1) Sep 04, 2017
Someone's forgotten to take their meds again.
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