| 'Potentially Hazardous' Asteroid 3200 Phaethon to Make 'Close' Earth Pass Tomorrow
Just days after the Geminid meteor shower, the asteroid from which it comes, 3200 Phaethon, will pass close to Earth. What is it? Asteroid 3200 Phaethon, discovered in 1983, is named for its close proximity. Phaethon was a Greek mythology figure who almost burned Earth because he drove a chariot of fire too close. The asteroid is best known for being the parent body of the Geminid meteor shower, but NASA also calls it a mystery because they have several theories as to why it produces meteors, but they're not sure which is correct. Is it going to be at a safe distance? Absolutely. Though the asteroid itself is classified as potentially hazardous, this particular fly-by is at a safe distance of almost 6.5 million miles, scientists say. "Since this is about 27 times the Earth-moon distance, any claim suggesting this pass by 3200 Phaethon is dangerous is both false and misleading," according to EarthSky. Nonetheless, it's much closer to Earth than Venus, as EarthSky's