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Author:  Christopher K. [ September 1st, 2017, 3:10 pm ]
Post subject:  3122 Florence

Named after Florence Nightingale, this monster (4.4 kilometers wide) zipped past the Earth at a closest-approach distance of seven million kilometers at ~7am CDT this morning. It will remain brighter than magnitude ten through 5 September. Most intermediate-level amateurs should be able to catch Florence in a six-inch or larger instrument. This will be its closest approach since 1890 and the last close visit until beyond the year 2500!

Path of Florence through tomorrow night...
http://wwwcdn.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/3122-Florence-horizon-view-m.jpg
...and through 5 September...
http://wwwcdn.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/3122_Florence_wide.jpg

More information:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/see-asteroid-florence-fly-by-earth-this-week/
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/large-asteroid-to-safely-pass-earth-on-sept-1

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