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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday-to-Earth approach of a giant asteroid the size of a city


September 1 at a minimum distance from our planet will be an asteroid Florence. Cosmic body with a diameter of about 4.4 km in length will be 7 million miles away from Earth is close enough to the object was given the status of potentially dangerous. Hardly the asteroid will actually fall to the Ground.


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At the point of maximum approach of the asteroid (3122) Florence will be about 18 times farther from Earth than the Moon. Potentially dangerous scholars suggest that every such object the distance to which at the stage of its route will not be more than 20 times greater than the distance to the moon. However, for the next generations of earthlings like the status of 3122 unlikely to play a significant role — is closer than tomorrow, this celestial body will be, at least 2500 years. By the way, the past is closer to him, according to scientists, occurred in 1890, however, opened by astronomers, the asteroid was only in 1981, i.e. more than 90 years later.

In the next few nights if the weather conditions are suitable for this, observe the asteroid will not only astronomers, but the owners of the “Amateur” telescopes. As reported, look for a celestial body need in the constellations of the southern Pisces, Capricorn, Aquarius and Dolphin. As for professional astrophysicists, with the help of a radio telescope in Puerto Rico and the radar in the U.S. state of California they plan to collect information about all the details of the “relief” of an asteroid larger than 10 meters.

NASA experts say that for the time during which the American space Agency is monitoring the asteroids of such large objects with the Earth not closer never.

Asteroid Florence was named in honor of the British nurses and social activist Florence Nightingale, famous for his dedication and contribution to medicine, and social statistics.

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