The scientists predict giant asteroid will approach our planet on December 17.
A huge asteroid will approach the Earth as close as possible. Since its opening in 1983, there was only one close approach of Phaethon with the Earth, which occurred on 10 December 2007. Then an asteroid flew from the Earth at a distance of 18100000 km.
This year he will beat his record and 17 December 00:00 GMT will approach our planet at a distance of 10300000 km Monitoring Phaeton scheduled using the 70-meter radio telescope of the deep space communication Complex Oldtown in California, the space telescope “Hubble”, 3-meter infrared telescope IRTF, located on top of Mauna Kea, and many others.
The Phaeton is a very interesting object. Perhaps it arose from the collision of large space objects, which were divided into small asteroids.
This asteroid is considered a progenitor of the powerful annual meteor shower Geminids – one of the most consistent meteor showers at the moment. Also Phaeton is seen as a possible mission objectives “DESTINY” of the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency.
Previously, NASA has addressed to mankind with an unexpected request: to name the asteroid, which probe the company will face in 2018. It is also known for its size, and its origin is causing scientists of great interest.