Asteroid Florence zooms past Earth in historic fly-by


(Sky News) The biggest asteroid in more than a century has whizzed past Earth at a safe – but unusually close – distance.

Asteroid Florence and its two orbiting moons passed 4.4 million miles from the planet, its closest encounter since 1890.

It measures in at almost three miles wide – the size of 30 Egyptian pyramids stuck together – and experts predict that this was the closest the asteroid will be to Earth until 2500.

Astronomers at the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico have released a video of the fly-by, and NASA is using radar images to study the asteroid’s real size.

Named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the asteroid was discovered in 1981.

Source:: World Net Daily – World

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