On Sept. 1st, 2017, one of the largest near-earth asteroids in a century, Florence, will pass very close to Earth. Measurements from NASA Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE indicate it’s almost 3 miles wide, 0r 4.4 kilometers.
NASA does note that the largest asteroid in recent memory is passing by at an “unusually close distance”, but that there is no need to necessarily be alarmed and it should pass by safely with little controversy.
This news does have people talking though. Asteroids hitting earth aren’t just hypothetical doomsday stories or the basis of the entire evolutionary theory.
A team of Ukrainian astronomers discovered a massive 1,350-foot wide asteroid back in 2013 that’s right on track to hit Earth Aug. 26th, 2032.
Early configurations of this impending event reveal the detonation upon impact would be the equivalent of 2,500 megatons of TNT, or in more visual terms, “50 times greater the biggest nuclear bomb ever detonated.”
Florence is just the beginning of a string of massive asteroids making their way precariously close to earth. And although this one isn’t projected to burn through the Earth’s atmosphere. It does signal a change in government aerospace agencies. Because think about it, what are we doing to prepare ourselves for this known upcoming event? Here is where it gets even creepier. Russia is preparing. Learn more on the next page