Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 3122 Florence close encounter: online event (31 Aug. 2017)

The potentially hazardous asteroid 3122 Florence will be a nice target in the sky at the end of August, offering us the closest approach, but safe, of an asteroid of this size over the last century. The Virtual Telescope will show it to you.

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Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 3122 Florence close encounter: online event - 31 Aug. 2017

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 3122 Florence close encounter: online event – 31 Aug. 2017

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Next  1 Sept. 2017, at 12:06 UT, the Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 3122 Florence will reach its minimum distance from the Earth of about 7 millions of km. Of course, this is a very safe distance, so no risks at all for our planet. With a estimated  diameter of 4.3 km, 3122 Florence is the largest asteroid approaching us so close since the discovery of the first near-Earth asteroid in 1898.  It will be an easy sight with small binoculars and telescopes, too.

Of course, the Virtual Telescope Project will offer a live, online event sharing real-time images of (3122) Florence with live commentary by our Director, astrophysicist Gianluca Masi.

The online, free session is scheduled for 31 Aug. 2017, staring at 19:30 UT.

To join, you just need to enter, at the date and time above, our webTV page here!

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