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NASA greets Florence, an Earth-buzzing asteroid arriving soon

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Unread post Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:24 am

Say hello to Florence. Florence is an asteroid.

Florence is 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) across and will come within a celestial spitting distance of Earth on Sept. 1 when it closes to within around 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers) of our fair planet.

What makes Florence so interesting is the size of the asteroid combined with its visit to our neighborhood in space. NASA shared a GIF on Thursday showing the asteroid's travel route.

Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the NASA program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began," says NASA's Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. A Near-Earth Object (NEO) is a comet or asteroid with an orbital path that brings it close to our planet.

NASA plans to take advantage of the asteroid's close approach to capture radar images and learn more about Florence's surface

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Asteroid Florence will fly about 4.4 million miles (7 million km/18 Earth-moon distances) from Earth on Sept. 1, 2017. The space rock is estimated to be 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) in size.

 
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