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3122 Florence
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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...
...and through 5 September...

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