More importantly, it is only on very rare occasions (i.e. over the course of millions of years) that a larger asteroid will come close to colliding with Earth.
With just two weeks to go before Florence the asteroid whizzes past Earth on September 1, researchers at NASA, along with space fans, are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to catch a glimpse at the almost 3-mile-wide rock. The asteroid is expected to be a good target for ground-based radar observations.
If you're looking for something a little closer to home, a smaller asteroid will make a close pass in October - this one much, much closer. But as ongoing studies and decades of tracking the larger asteroids has shown, they usually just pass Earth by.
Although they might sound like a long way to us, it is the closest any asteroid of this size (it is approximately 2.7 miles wide) has come in recorded history.
Florence is so large it should be visible with small telescopes at the end of August and at the start of September.
It was first detected in 1981 by American astronomer Schelte Bus who was working at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
If by some stroke of abysmally poor luck the asteroid did slam into our planet, it would nearly certainly be a climate changing event capable of wiping out an area the size of a small state.
Its trajectory will place it 4.4-M miles from our Planet, roughly 18X the distance between Earth and the Moon.
That's 18 times the distance from the Earth to the moon. NASA scientists believe the asteroid will pass as far away as 170,000 miles based on tracking data from 2012.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages and operates the agency's Deep Space Network, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar.
"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". Less than two weeks later, a large Asteroid would also fly-by the Earth.
Just in case you were concerned that things on Earth were getting a little tense recently, a giant asteroid has chose to get really close to our planet next week to make us feel a little less on edge. The exercise will help astronomers preparing response time and communications for a future event in which an asteroid comes closer to Earth.