"Potentially Hazardous" Asteroid 3200 Phaethon Back Again, But Don't Worry


It had previously been expected to reach Earth by Sunday but NASA instead revealed today it will hurtle past at 10pm on Saturday.

The asteroid passes by Earth every 1.4 years and is responsible for the Gemenid meteor shower that peaked earlier this week.

NASA now considers Phaethon a "rock-comet."

NASA said on its website: "This "potential" to make close Earth approaches does not mean a potentially hazardous asteroid will impact the Earth".

NASA said 3200 Phaethon can be seen at its Goldstone communications complex for approximately three weeks, and the agency is scheduling tracks on 10 days between December 11 and 21.

Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' and prefer Rudolph over Charlie Brown
The survey was conducted by telephone a few weeks ago, "among a representative sample" of 1,503 adults nationwide, Pew said. More than twice as many Democrats as Republicans said that religious symbols should not be allowed on government property.

During a recent pass of another asteroid, Nasa used its global network of observatories to recover, track and characterise asteroid 2012 TC4.

At 5km wide, the asteroid is one of the largest ever discovered in our solar system.

"By monitoring these PHAs and updating their orbits as new observations become available, we can better predict the close-approach statistics and thus their Earth-impact threat", NASA added.

Scientists are hoping the unusually close proximity will allow them to capture images of the object and put together a reliable 3D model.

In a statement, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University said: 'Apparently, this asteroid was once a much bigger object.

Chef Mario Batali fired from The Chew after sex harassment accusations
ABC has fired Mario Batali from its food-infused daytime talk show following an that detailed "habitual" by the celebrity chef. Actress Siobhan Thompson then said the chef once groped her breasts while she worked as a hostess at one of his restaurants.

Tonight's flyby marks the closest the asteroid will come to Earth since its discovery and it won't come this close again until 2093.

Conspiracy theorists claim the Earth is due a direct hit with an asteroid. In addition, the asteroid is about half the size of the asteroid that may have wiped out the dinosaurs.

It has an unusual orbit which means it passes closer to the Sun than any other asteroid.

The space rock has been named after the son of the Greek sun god Helios who pulled the sun across the sky.

To prove his power, Phaethon attempted to do it himself but he lost control of the chariot and ended up dragging the hot sun towards Earth.

$15.33 Billion in Sales Expected for Walt Disney Co (DIS) This Quarter
It dived, as 89 investors sold QCOM shares while 481 reduced holdings. 36 funds opened positions while 61 raised stakes. Moreover, Nuveen Asset Limited Liability has 0.21% invested in The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) for 311,385 shares.

Earth was nearly destroyed in the ensuing chaos, which scorched the planet, burned vast amounts of vegetation and created the great deserts of Africa.