http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ept-1.htmlA 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
NASA says asteroid that's 2.7 miles wide will make 'relatively close encounter'
Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the space rock will pass 4.4 million miles from our planet
This is the closest an object this large has come since NASA began NEO program
It hasn't come this close since 1890, and won't be this close again until 2,500
A massive asteroid estimated to be 2.7 miles wide is set to make a ‘relatively close encounter’ with Earth on September 1.
Dubbed ‘Florence,’ the huge space rock will pass just 4.4 million miles from our planet – or, about 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.
According to NASA, this is the closest an asteroid of this size has come since they first began tracking near-Earth objects, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study it up close through ground-based radar observations.
I'm not sure what we'd do with it once we got it. But we should get it.