Before Christmas, humans will witness a large asteroid called 3200 Phaethon that will sweep the earth. This mysterious asteroid will approach 6.2 million miles towards the blue planet, reaching two miles around Earth's orbit in December.
Asteroid 3200 Phaethon is a regular visitor to the planet, since it pays every year and a half to the planet. Phaethon weighs half the size of the asteroid that destroyed the existence of dinosaurs on the planet. It is also bringing the Geminds meteor shower, showing a spectacular light show on earth.
The Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union has clbadified 3200 Phaethon as a dangerous asteroid, which will be closer on December 16. This asteroid is named after the Greek demigod Phaethon, who is the son of Apollo. However, people do not need to panic since this asteroid is 27 times far from the distance of the moon.
The close encounter is expected to happen before Geminds' annual meteor shower, which is expected to be active between December 4 and December 16. This rain event is quite unique since it is the only meteor shower that has a parent asteroid and not a comet.
3200 Phaethon was first discovered on October 11, 1983 and was named after the Greek mythological character due to its proximity to the sun. Experts have come up with some theories about this asteroid. It has also been said that Phaeton was a comet once dead that had ice.
Thousands of years ago, when this asteroid collided with another object, it broke and therefore ejected meteoroids. There was another theory that said it broke down in 2009 when experts observed that Phaethon lit up to one or two factors. They badumed that it was the result of the release of dust from the heat and the crackling of the sun's heat.
Although clbadified as an asteroid, there are few questions about the origins of the asteroid and why an asteroid is causing a meteor shower. , which was never heard before the discovery of 3200 Phaethon.