While people are going about their routine day after day, the Earth remains just a grain of sand in the immensity of the Universe. As a consequence, our Blue Planet doesn’t have control over its own fate. Its modest size can’t assure protection while the lack of mobility downgrades it to a sitting duck. An upcoming cosmic event will underline once more this vulnerability. This time, the largest asteroid ever recorded will pass by Earth yet without harming it.
The Largest Asteroid Will Offer Americans another Cosmic Show 11 Days after Total Solar Eclipse
The U.S. space agency managed to track down the trajectory of a potential threat to our existence. Researchers measured that eleven days after America’s historic total solar eclipse people will witness another astronomical show. The largest asteroid that astronomers ever recorded will pass by our planet and will be visible to the naked eye.
August 21st marked the day of the first time Americans got to see the rare phenomenon of a total solar eclipse in years. This natural event lived more in anticipation.
Social and mass media offered astrophysics, space agencies, and astronomy great momentum and coverage. For days before the event people were eager to open up this hot topic.
NASA Employees Will Use Two Large Tools to Study the Astrological Phenomenon
Asteroid Florence will offer similar advertising opportunity to the scientific world once more. Its presence will be visible in the sky on September 1st, 2017. There will be only 4.4 million miles between our Blue Planet and the speeding celestial body. That distance can be translated into 18 times the distance between the Moon and Earth.
While the asteroid will reiterate how vulnerable our existence really is in the universe, it will be a great chance for NASA to study the asteroid so close. They are going to use the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Goldstone Solar System Radar in California to gather data about it.
These tools will help them detect small details on the surface of the largest asteroid ever recorded. Scientists hope to find out more about its general size, morphology, rotation, surface features, and shape.
Image source: NASA