Science Blast: Spare Us, Florence!

Tomorrow, Asteroid Florence will show us her kind mercy…or not!

(3122) Florence will pass safely by Earth on September 1, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles. Image credit: University of Colorado.(3122) Florence will pass safely by Earth on September 1,
at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.
Image credit: University of Colorado.

Asteroid Florence to Fly Safely Past Earth on September 1

Florence [full name (3122) Florence] is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size.

The space rock was discovered by Schelte ‘Bobby’ Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in March 1981.

According to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, the asteroid is “named in memory of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), English nurse and hospital reformer, who almost singlehandedly established trained nursing as an honorable profession for women.”

“She transformed the English field hospitals during the Crimean War and was known there for her quiet dignity, her rigorous discipline and her determination.”

“Florence Nightingale is most remembered as The Lady of the Lamp for her courage, compassion and devotion to the injured troops as she visited the hospital wards after a full day’s work.”

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