September 1 would be a great day for science and space enthusiasts, as a big near-Earth asteroid measuring around 4.4 km, will whiz past the earth. The big asteroid will pass safely along Earth at a distance of around seven million kilometers. This distance may appear quite big, but if one considers distances in space, this would be quite near. The asteroid named Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that have been detected by scientists. Most of these are several miles in size. Speaking about the asteroid flyby, Mr. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said, “While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller.”
Chodas also said that Florence is the biggest asteroid to whiz past earth since NASA launched its program to identify and track near-earth asteroids. The asteroid will provide science enthusiasts to glimpse what Armageddon could look like and how susceptible earth really is to potential asteroid collisions. NASA scientists would be tracking the asteroid through its path and shall be able to gather important details. The asteroid Florence can be seen using small telescopes, starting late August to early September. It would be visible on several nights, as it passes through the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Aquarius and Delphinus.