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Friday, 01 September 2017 - 14:19
3-mile wide asteroid moves closer to earth
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The three-mile wide asteroid - big enough to wipe out all life on earth FIVE times over - will pass by at a distance of just 4 million miles, a hair’s breadth in astronomical terms.

It will be visible with the naked aye across the globe, especially tonight when it reaches peak brightness high overhead in the night sky.

And as the staggering Nasa orbit track of the space rock above shows, Asteroid Florence will come terrifyingly close to our home planet in the next 24 hours.

Asteroid Florence is the biggest near-Earth object (NEO) ever detected by Nasa, and the biggest since asteroids began being tracked more than a century ago.

Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 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.

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