Large Asteroid To Make Near-Earth Pass On Friday

Space Flight Insider reports:

A large rock will fly past Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (7 million kilometers). Asteroid 3122 Florence, named after modern nursing founder Florence Nightingale, is the largest object to make a close-encounter since NASA began tracking near-Earth objects (NEO) in the 1990s.

“While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on Sept. 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Florence is estimated to be about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) in diameter. Were an asteroid of that size to strike Earth, it would have worldwide effects. However, this particular rock is not expected to present a risk of collision with the planet anytime soon as its next close approach will not be until after the year 2500.

Scientists say Florence should be visible with 50mm binoculars or stronger and with most consumer-grade telescopes.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • clay

      Even it doesn’t want to have to follow Trump.

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    • Marides48

      May it hit tRump tower.

    • David Walker

      Think she’d take a passenger? No, not me. 45.

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  • Tomcat

    Oh shit, the god commanders will be out in no time now.

  • james1200

    Well, that explains the weather forecast this morning! Sad!!!

    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/waza3tw7vooapa0p2t8n.gif

    Saturday looks like it’s gonna be unseasonably cold.

    • Bad Tom

      There is at least one saving grace:
      That pile of dirty dishes is gonna take care of itself!

      • james1200

        Yeah but what’s left of my apartment is gonna be so dirty. Comet dust just sticks to EVERYTHING!

        • Bad Tom

          On the upside, you’ll look like comet dust yourself, so the decor will match perfectly.

          • james1200

            I do like glitter and how if feels on my skin and that must feel like comet dust so it probably won’t be so bad! Positivity is the first step to acceptance!

        • Tawreos

          Rub everything with a dryer sheet and it will make clean up so much easier

          • james1200

            I don’t think I’m gonna have any sheets or a dryer but ok.

          • Bad Tom

            Cosmic downsizing!
            It’s for everyone now.

        • Adam King

          The end of the world is so annoying.

          • Christopher

            And here I am thinking that the end of the world isn’t happening fast enough. 😉

          • Trump property reduced – needs funds to rocket off the planet to a distant place.

      • Paula

        I’m gonna’ hold off on making my car payment until next week.

      • The Evangelicals will claim that they “prayed it away!”

    • Tawreos

      That’s why you should always bring a sweater, just in case.

      • Bad Tom

        I would recommend a woven tungsten / titanium blend.

  • Tomcat

    Before the religious zealots take credit for making it miss, I want everyone to know I made it miss. Not them.

    • Tomcat

      I also will make it get dark later this evening.

      • Adam King

        Gosh, just what I was hoping for!

      • kareemachan

        I want you to know that I am responsible for the tides working.

        • Mihangel apYrs

          Cnut 🙂

      • JCF

        Can you keep it dark here all weekend? Sacramento forecast for Friday and Saturday is 110. }-(

    • james1200

      You gonna pray the meteor away when you couldn’t even pray the gay away?

      • Tomcat

        My power is much more powerful than theirs, I don’t pray away gay either. Took last part off, it was too crass.

      • JCF

        They tried to pray the gay away, they’ll try to pray the meteor away…

        …and they’ll just get meatier gays! 😉

    • Halou

      I say it was Jedi master Yoda. The Force is strong!

    • HZ81

      You’re the best!

    • Adam King

      Thanks!

    • Nic Peterson

      Hubby and I will shoot champagne corks at it until the course is corrected. Works every time. Prayer is for lazy amateurs.

      • Bad Tom

        THIS is a Festival I can fully support.

      • iambu

        lol…read too fast and saw “chimpanzee corks.” Is that a thing? Dunno what it would even be but now I want it to be a thing…Good grief, more coffee STAT!

        • Adam King

          That’s how you keep them from throwing poo.

        • Tom Furgas

          Now it is, iambu.

      • Bob Conti

        The Chem-Trail conspiracy believers will spray white vinegar at it.

        • Steve Smith

          Organic white vinegar, naturally.

    • Tomcat

      Powerless little old me.

    • BockMcMillan

      Thank you, Tomcat, from the bottom of my heart! Don’t you want to post where we should pay our donations for your great work?

    • Christopher

      So YOU’RE to blame for it missing us?!

      How dare you sir, how dare you.

    • Tom Furgas

      Thank you very much, Tomcat. While you’re busy steering asteroids away from Earth could you see your way clear to help me win the lottery? Thanks! ;^)

    • Our energized rainbow redirected it.

  • AW

    I guess Trump was a sign of the end times. The christians will be happy.

  • That means Friday will be cloudy.

  • HZ81

    Come get us, please!!!

  • Jonathan Smith
  • Jerry Kott

    All while we have a Giant Hemorrhoid in the White House. One has already burned us, the other will put out the light

  • Guest

    This article is all science so it must be a lie. It’s gonna crash and kill us all.

    • Jonathan Smith

      well, how hard have YOU prayed?
      crap. we are all going to die.
      Thanks Guest

  • CanuckDon

    Talking is not the answer when it comes to our space alien rock-throwers!

  • It’s not an asteroid. It’s the planet Nibiru and it’s gonna collide with earth and WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE DIE DIE!!! I saw it on the YouTube! /s

    • Tomcat

      I think Walmart is somehow behind it also, I saw that on YouTube.

    • The_Wretched

      Is Nibiru one of the Mormon heaven planets?

      • Bad Tom

        Yes, but it’s really small. Like one of those new “tiny houses.”

        • The_Wretched

          I would need meds to live in a “tiny house”. If you die in one, they just pick up the whole thing and into the grave it goes.

    • Christopher
  • Lakeview Bob

    I will worry about it in the year 2500. I may not be alive then anyway!

  • Adam King

    “…it would have worldwide effects.” The art of the understatement .

  • Ninja0980

    Damn..means the hubby and I have to get lots of DVD watching, videogames and other things;) done before then.

  • Ninja0980

    Maximum Overdrive, here we come!

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Friday

    Well, now that you mention it, it’s been a while since anyone made a pass on me. 🙂

    • Girlgoon

      I love your whip smarts and seeming knowledge of everything, I’d love a chance at that “pass”.

      • Friday

        Aww, guess I could use that compliment today. 🙂

        • Girlgoon

          I have sometimes wanted to talk with you outside of Diqus

          • Friday

            I do tend to keep the worlds separate, I occasionally tangle with very bad people via this. 🙂

  • iambu

    Oooh! Right on my space-loving dad’s birthday! If he were alive, he’d probably be sitting on the roof with binoculars trying to see it. He was such a dork…Sheesh, I miss him…

  • Tomcat

    A while back one passed between the Earth and the Moon.
    That was much closer.

    • Karl Dubhe

      Oh, don’t be a spoilsport. Running around and panicking is great exercise, if you do it right. 🙂

      • Tomcat

        But the one that passed between the Earth And the Moon was not even detected until it was already on us. So that can happen again anytime. Time to panic.

        • Karl Dubhe

          For the last 60+ years there has been a chance that a rock would hit a city, and the ‘world’ might mistake such a thing for a nuclear attack and launch everything they had at their enemies.

          I can’t spend my entire life in such a state of excitement.

      • Cackalaquiano

        Milkbreadtoiletpaper!!!

        • Bad Tom

          Steaksteaktoiletpaper!!!
          Yeah, that’s the ticket.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Priority guys. Download porn after porn. We are going to be without internet.

        • UrsusArctos

          I thought it goes boozebreadpr0ntoiletpaper!

      • jmax

        “When in danger or in doubt,
        Run in circles, scream and shout!”

        • William

          Verse two from the ‘Duck and Cover’ song?

          • jmax

            I can’t remember the show but it’s from an MST3k episode.

      • bambinoitaliano
  • Christopher
    • Tawreos

      Tis but a flesh wound

  • another_steve

    Evacuate Trump Tower in NYC and take it out.

    Direct hit.

    • Tomcat

      Maybe it is on ISIS list.

      • another_steve

        ISIS loves Donald Trump.

        Allah has sent them the Mother of All Recruiting Tools, in the person of Donald Trump.

    • jmax

      Evacuate everyone except the building’s namesake.

    • Bad Tom

      That rock is big enough to lie comfortably on top of all of Manhattan.
      Just sayin’.

      • another_steve

        Party pooper!

  • bkmn

    Any chance we can ask it to take Kim Jong Un and Don the Con with it when it leaves?

  • bambinoitaliano

    Where is Ben Affleck?!!! I need him to lay animal crackers on my belly button to assuage my fear.

  • Gustav2
    • Lee Grupsmith-Pedersen

      Is this a case where reality echoes fiction? Or is the show the blueprint all along?

  • DisqusD37

    Option 1: impeach both Trump and Pence
    Option 2: Meteor strike
    If we can’t have 1, I’m fine with 2.

  • boris de koningh

    That means Friday will be cloudy.

  • Treant

    Honestly, could we stop announcing 4.4 million miles as breathlessly “close” approaches? They’re not. That’s more than 16 times as far as the Moon.

    More honestly, “Asteroid Florence (3122) Visible in Binoculars on Friday!” should be exciting enough. It’s not every day that you can easily spot one as it whirls past.

    Also, Florence would like you to know that she has no current plans to visit Earth and is generally much happier skiing in the outer system. Kthxbai.

  • Harveyrabbit

    No worries. Some are using mental control to deflect it away.

    Oh wait. We’re DOOMED!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66b8c1183307635cd30999cef1304e6e760d4365785fc79aa011ab9e6c562b7c.gif

  • Jim Maloney

    Is this ‘Fake News’?

  • Sam_Handwich
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    OT – The bots and trolls are out in force on twitter trying to make Trump’s Texas trip look redeemable. Or else just blame Obama or the democrats or the media somehow. Mostly the latter.

    • Tomcat

      Trump asks why am I hated so much.
      The answer is he is heard and seen by so many.

    • Ninja0980

      They are doing both.
      Not working overall and as I said in another thread, since Hurricane Harvey didn’t hit Arizona, that is the front page story there.
      There are a LOT of nervous GOPers there right now.

      • Opinion Sousaphones

        Really? They seem to have been absolutely unflappable so far. What are they worried about?

        • Ninja0980

          That at some point, their voter suppression tactics won’t work anymore and when it does, they will be finished as a party a la California.

          • Opinion Sousaphones

            Well, their fear is humanity’s hope. However, even they will be better off if their fears pan out, so, for the sake of all, I hope for it.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Hmmmmm I wonder what kind of pumps Melonoma will be wearing to accompany her husband to space for a tour of the asteroid surrounding. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8e82df19db36524f66114a8ac5fe63a475a1529e2f70b15821e1d36dc7da5e8.jpg

    • Treant

      Ooh, kkklassy! Do they come in white (power)?

  • William

    I’ll paint a target on my roof.

    • Tomcat

      Mar A Lago is ground zero.

      • bambinoitaliano

        There is a hole that should fit the asteroid.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Time for the scamvangelists to start praying it away.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Joel Osteen is like See? While you guys are busy dealing with the storm my eyes was on the bigger disaster and have been busy praying away the distance of the asteroid from earth. Praise Jeebus! Now give me your money!

  • Tomcat

    It is nice that they named it after Florence Nightengale, don’t see the connection, but it is nice.

  • PickyPecker
  • Talisman

    Maybe the FSM will nudge it right into earth and put us out of our misery.

    • Tomcat

      Not yet, I want to see how this Trump train wreck works out.

      • Talisman

        Fire and fury, of course.

      • William

        A flaming asteroid strike is preferable to any Trump grand finale.

  • Hue-Man

    The dinosaur-killing asteroid was 65 million years ago; either were overdue or it’s not going to happen in our lifetimes!

    • Tomcat

      Or it could happen next year or next month.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Planet earth is definitely due for a giant impact from a random asteroid. It might get knock out of the solar system for all we know. But I’m not watching the clock twiddling my thumbs waiting for it.

    • William

      The Yellowstone volcano is ready to wipe out most life in North America any minute now.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Treant

      And, actually, I feel like crap, so could you just get on with it?

  • Benny S.

    Calling Anne Graham Lotz for a biblical interpretation of this ‘potential God-sign’ event!

    • William

      “It’s because of teh gheyz!”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    All these frigging asteroids zipping about the Earth make this little dino extremely nervous.

  • netxtown

    Or we can all hope there is a big, big spaceship hiding behind the asteroid. When it gets nearest, it will swoop down and scarf up the two biggest assholes on the planet: donnie and kimmie…forever after lost in time, lost in space, and meaning.

    • William

      The aliens need to take the entire Kardashian clan, including Caitlyn J.

      • netxtown

        THAT is a lot to ask!

        • Opinion Sousaphones

          Not if they are hungry aliens.

  • Dagoril

    Ah. Anubis is trying to destroy the Tauri again!

    • Mikey

      It’s the proto-molecule heading straight for us. but don’t worry, at the last second Miller will convince Julie that the Razorback isn’t heading “home” and that they’ll work things out.

  • Ninja0980

    Speaking of Space.. anyone else play the Space Quest Series back in the day?

  • Paula

    Where will Dump be of Friday? Sending good thoughts to the meteor.

    • clay

      Back in the flood zone, after an oxymoronic “private rally” to promote tax cuts in Missouri.

  • Ken M
    • Mikey

      I don’t care for Kathy Griffin, as a person or as a comedienne, but I agree with her here.

      • Ken M

        She’s no fav of mine either, but I never understood why she got the pounding she did. I’m glad she’s taking a stand.

  • Mikey

    “People have been saying, I attract the biggest asteroids, the best ones, believe me. I said it, Make Asteroids Great Again. There were no yuge asteroids when that loser Obama was president. Sciencey people have been saying that this is the greatest asteroid in history, and that’s a great sign for my presidency, and Ivankas’ brand, and we’ll make it great again, believe me.”

  • Paris

    We almost had an end to this madness. Oh well. Next time.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Hope those calculations are right!

  • JDS

    And the crazy christers aren’t saying this is it? Oh wait, they get raptured. Silly gay I forgot. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0dcd032128d8d5210a7bb819d94dfb870e1d2e9e8831bac898973363075fd723.jpg

  • kareemachan

    Thanks Obama!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Having mixed feeling about this…..

  • Waarki

    Shelter in place!

  • fuzzybits
  • orion dumptee

    gee, one side of it has Wiles address on it,and its marked ‘postpaid’

  • JCF