Florence is a mid-sized asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified Florence as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
Florence orbits the sun every 859 days (2.35 years), coming as close as 1.02 AU and reaching as far as 2.52 AU from the sun. Florence is about 4.9 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the San Francisco Bay.
The rotation of Florence has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 2.36 hours.
Florence's orbit is 0.05 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
Florence has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Sept. 2, 2057||7,473,702||13.472|
|Sept. 11, 2097||23,312,833||12.991|
|Aug. 27, 2130||13,011,996||14.604|
|Aug. 28, 2170||11,687,803||14.496|
Florence's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 9, 1979. It was last officially observed on Dec. 23, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 4,672 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of Florence to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.