Skip to comments.A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest
Posted on 08/18/2017 4:14:12 PM PDT by george76
A THREE MILE wide asteroid is set to graze past Earth on Sept. 1 - and NASA says it's the largest to come this close since they began keeping track ... [ full ]
This is the closest an object this large has come ... since 1890.
A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a relatively close encounter with Earth on September 1.
The asteroid, named for Florence Nightingale, was first spotted in 1981, and the flyby in September will be the closest its come to Earth since 1890.
According to NASA, it will even be visible to small telescopes in late August and early September, when it brightens to the ninth magnitude.
During this time, it will pass through the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Aquarius and Delphinus.
NASA scientists will use ground-based radar to observe its features up close, using radar imaging NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California and at the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
With these instruments, they will be able to see its true size, and even observe surface details as small as about 30 feet (10 meters).
Earlier this month, the space agency revealed an asteroid the size of a house set to narrowly skim the Earth in October, after it was spotted by scientists for the first time in five years.
The asteroid, dubbed 2012 TC4, first flitted past our planet in October 2012 at about double the distance of its next expected pass, before disappearing.
TC4's next approach, predicted for October 12, will bring the massive object 'damn close', according to experts, when it flies inside the moon's orbit just far out enough to miss our geostationary satellites.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Man, global warming is more dangerous than we thought! (/libtard “thinking”)
First reports I heard it was only 2.7 miles , so it's growing on every new report
Sure it wasn’t named after Rosie O’Donnell?
Outer space is an empty vacuum... filled with all the matter in the universe.
It's going to eat grass?
A five mile wide asteroid zipping past on September first.
None of these articles are even slightly accurate.
These are the same people who look at the sun in somekinda angstroms and say “Half the sun is missing!”
Or, it could be growing because of climate change...
“Eat more chiken”
[ Man, global warming is more dangerous than we thought! (/libtard thinking) ]
If an asteroid like that were to hit the earth the left will be pinning for the days of when a few degrees C per century is the only thing they would have to worry about....
It's going to eat grass?
Apparently. It does resemble a cow. Perhaps cows evolved elsewhere in the universe and arrived on earth in this manner.
Global Warming is causing it to expand.
AGW. algore was right all along! </sarc>
"Hey Florence, good news! They're naming an asteroid after you!"
"Well, that's nice."
"Bad news - it's three miles wide and when it impacts the Earth it's gonna wipe out every man, woman, child, and animal life down to the cockroaches and the slime mold."
"Well, at least they'll remember me, dear."
verb (used with object), grazed, grazing.
1.to touch or rub lightly in passing.
2.to scrape the skin from; abrade: The bullet just grazed his shoulder.
verb (used without object), grazed, grazing.
3.to touch or rub something lightly, or so as to produce slight abrasion, in passing: to graze against a rough wall.
4.a touching or rubbing lightly in passing.
5.a slight scratch, scrape, or wound made in passing; abrasion.
Graze? More stupid reporter tricks.
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