3-Mile-Wide Asteroid Makes Seemingly Close Call with Earth Early Friday

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August 31, 2017Aug 31, 2017

On early Friday morning, a huge asteroid passed by Earth. While it passes within a safe distance, it is the closest an asteroid of its size has ever gotten to Earth. 

 

The asteroid is named Florence and is 3 miles wide. According to CNN, it passed within about 4.4 million miles of Earth at 8:05 a.m. ET. 

While a few million miles seems extremely far away, it is actually a close pass when one considers the size of space and the comparison to previous asteroids.

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Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said, "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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While the Earth is safe from this asteroid, Chodas said that it is possible that one day it could threaten our planet. In the meantime, its passing offers a great learning opportunity. Reportedly, an asteroid of Florence's size can have worldwide effects on the planet. Scientists had plans to study it as it passed by.

You could see Florence with only a small telescope. If you don't have a telescope, you can watch it pass by online at The Virtual Telescope Project

What do you think about this? Will you try to get a glimpse of Florence? In other breaking news, many Hollywood celebrities have been stepping up and helping victims of Hurricane Harvey. One actress just donated a staggering $1 million. 

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