A new record is made as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently tracked what is said to be the largest asteroid near earth, and in this case, specifically over France, according to UPI.
The asteroid was within 4,390,892 miles from the earth, “approximately 18 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.”
“While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller,” said NASA scientist Paul Chodas.
Named after war nurse Florence Nightingale, the asteroid is between 2.5 and 5.6 miles wide.
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