The huge asteroid “Phaethon” will approach the Earth today on December 16.
The asteroid with a diameter of 4.8 kilometers will fly ten million kilometers from the planet, which is 27 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The next time such rapprochement will occur only in 2093.
In NASA Phaethon is classified as a “potentially dangerous” celestial body, which, in the event of a collision, can cause serious damage to the Earth. Because of its orbit, the asteroid, moving around the Sun, crosses the orbits of the four planets from Mercury to Mars. Its existence became known in 1983 thanks to images from the space satellite IRAS.