3-mile-wide 3200 Phaethon asteroid named after a Greek god who almost destroyed Earth will brush 'quite close' to our planet next month



A 3-mile (5 km) wide asteroid named 3200 Phaethon will brush past Earth just before Christmas.
The huge object is named after the Greek demi-god Phaethon, who according to legend almost destroyed Earth.
It will brush 'quite close' with Earth on December 17, Russian astronomers have shown.
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PHAETHON  The asteroid is named after the son of the Greek sun god Helios 'Phaethon' because it passes so close to the sun.
Legend claims the young demi-god was challenged to prove he was related to Helios, who was said to pull the sun across the sky.
To prove his divine provenance,... read more

 
23 November 2017 in Science &Technology, Views: 51
Source: Daily Mail
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