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Huge Asteroid ‘Florence’ Flies by Earth Today

Today sees a huge asteroid fly by the Earth at a distance of 4.4 million miles (which is only 18 times further away than the moon).

An asteroid is a small rocky object that orbits the Sun in an orbital band between Mars and Jupiter – known as the Asteroid belt.

This particular asteroid – named Florence after Florence Nightingale – is a massive 2.7 miles across which makes it the largest space object to pass this close to the Earth since NASA started tracking asteroids. Its peak magnitude has reached 8.7 and will continue to be observable at this brightness for several days.




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