NASA tracking three-mile wide asteroid that will pass earth in September

On September 1, an asteroid almost three miles wide will safely fly by Earth. The asteroid is one of the biggest near-Earth objects (NEOs) currently being tracked by NASA, and will be the largest to pass us at a relatively close distance since the space agency began monitoring them 20 years ago.

The asteroid, named Florence (after Florence Nightingale), is 2.7 miles wide and will fly by our planet at a distance of 4.4 million miles. The last time it came closer to Earth was 1890, and the next time it will come anywhere near us will be 2500.

“While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will … all of those were estimated to be smaller,” Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said in a statement. “Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the NASA program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began.”

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6 Comments

  1. NASA Geek
    August 23, 2017

    You can download NASA’s App.

  2. August 22, 2017

    this calls for a ton of panic we are not sure which part of the earth this asteroid will land
    and i think that nasa is not letting us know how serious and deadly it to us if it happened.

    • August 24, 2017

      This calls for zero panic, since it’s not going to hit the Earth at all. Its closest approach will be four million miles from Earth, which is close enough to be interesting to astronomers, yet entirely irrelevant for the rest of us.

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    August 22, 2017

    NASA is extremely busy. This is their job. NASA, do not say there is no God and He did not create the world, human beings and all what is in it and that He did not give you, the scientists, etc, intelligence to do what you are doing. It certainly is not evolution.
    That is what I thought, will the asteroid hit earth? It may not only make the earth planet tremble but it could create a black-out and disintegrate it, a great hazard to humanity, if they are not killed.
    Anyway, these asteroids are interesting just as the solar eclipse. They give us something additional to think of, talk about and look forward to viewing. They also help to make life interesting while marveling at them.
    I will inform this asteroid to keep its distance from earth. Hope Florence Nightingale will help and protect us accordingly. :lol:
    Laughter, the best medicine. When you laugh/smile the whole world laughs and smiles with you. When you cry – complain – be negative – you are all alone.

  4. August 22, 2017

    can any one keep us up to date on plant x passing in septber

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      August 23, 2017

      Stay tuned! :lol: The Media as DNO should inform readers.

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