Space science has always remained a mystery and research scientists those are into the field of astronomy are trying their level best to extract lots of untold info about deep space and unfolding the mysteries of space. NASA scientists those who are into deep space research and exploration are using gigantic telescopes for space exploratory works and also for others tasks allotted to them. Named after Florence Nightingale this asteroid will be the closest until after the year 2050. All the eyes have witnessed this celestial spectacle that happened during 1st of September.
Professional and amateur astronomers throughout the world have used sophisticated telescopes to watch the movement of this asteroid. Even though hundreds of asteroids have fly passed Earth in the past this asteroid is going to be the largest one so far. Scientists working at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory have predicted that this wonderful 2.7-mile wide asteroid will pass by at 18 times the distance from the Earth to the moon at a distance of approximately 4.4 million miles from the Earth. Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s centre for near earth object studies at NAS’S Jet propulsion laboratory states that ‘Florence asteroid will be the largest one which will fly pass the earth on 1st September’ and he further adds that all the others which passed through this earth in the past were smaller ones.
Star gazers with telescopes:
NASA is planning to use Goldstone Solar System radar in California and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico which is operated by the national science foundation. Scientists will extract details such as morphology of the asteroid, size, surface features, rotation, shape and other important extracts. Researchers used the same technique on the 2014 JO25 asteroid research. It is worth to note that this asteroid which passed the earth on 1st September was discovered by Schelte Bobby Bus in 1981 at Australia’s Siding Spring Observatory when the asteroid made a close shave with the earth.
Thousands of Near-Earth Objects which are named as asteroids pass close to earth and disappear from the eyes. Only in millions of year asteroids like Florence will pass by earth without causing damage to the lives or properties. This gigantic asteroid which is named as 3122 Florence will be sailing above the Earth within few days which will be a fun watching. It is believed that an asteroid which measured 10 km in diameter was the one which destroyed the dinosaurs, plants and animal species completely. Senior astronomers working at NASA will be able to give a better picture of this asteroid and the impact that will leave behind only when it sails past the planet. Students, planetariums, science institutes and other space academies have captured the event. Radar images of asteroid 3122 Florence, obtained from August 29, 2017 via Goldstone Radar in California.
Article by Abirami.