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Three-mile-wide Asteroid Phaethon to skim Earth just before Christmas [Merged]

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 periclymenoides    1,384

http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/24/three-mile-wide-asteroid-3200-phaethon-to-skim-earth-just-before-christmas-7105898/

"Ancient myths told the story of how this rather insecure-sounding young 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, Phaethon decided to have a go in his dad’s chariot and was unable to control the horses, who then ran wild across the sky dragging the hot sun with them. Humanity was almost destroyed in the subsequent chaos, which scorched the Earth, burned vast amounts of vegetation and created the great deserts of Africa."

Sounds a little bit like John Booty McBootleg's career as a pilot, no?

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 apache54    4,918
4 minutes ago, periclymenoides said:

Sounds a little bit like John Booty McBootleg's career as a pilot, no?

Agreed!!

and he is still tearing things up!!

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 periclymenoides    1,384
8 minutes ago, silversides said:

Massive 3-mile wide Christmas asteroid to practically GRAZE Earth next month

A HUGE asteroid will very nearly graze the planet next month – just days before Christmas.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/662284/asteroid-nasa-3200-Phaethon-earth-christmas-december-17

This thing is the origin of the Gemini meteor showers and is apparently busted into a zillion little pieces from it's odd (another one) orbit around the sun that brings it closer to the sun than mercury., All these pieces,hence the showers.  Who's to say we won't see some excitement out of this if the path is closer to us than usual.    I call a better chance than usual for a news worthy event out of a passing object.   After the fact, not stupid prediction and fear mongering news.

Did I miss anything good or get something horribly wrong?

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 Rob    209

27 lunar distances, is not would I would call skimming or grazing.  

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 Qronos16    62

The space rock – dubbed “3200 Phaethon” after the Greek God – will come “quite close” to Earth on December 17.
Russian astronomers have been tracking the asteroid's path, which has been described by NASA as a “potentially hazardous asteroid”.
**Learn More**
What Is An Asteroid?: https://youtu.be/iy19nHTVLEY
 

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 periclymenoides    1,384

Tradition has it that wishes made on shooting stars come true. But astronomy has it that they are actually tiny particles no larger than sand grains and with the consistency of cigar ash, that collide with the Earth's atmosphere and streak across the sky in a blaze of incandescent gas as they descend from space and disintegrate.

https://www.space.com/39029-geminid-meteor-shower-2017-arrives-next-week.html

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