(3200) Phaethon

(3200) Phaethon is an Apollo-type potentially hazardous asteroid with a diameter of 5.1 km. It is currently very bright at +11 mag. Its closest approach is today, December 16th, at a distance of 0.07 AU (10.3 million km). This is the closest Phaethon has come to Earth since it was discovered in 1983. Phaethon is of special interest: It is the source of the Geminid meteor shower, one of the most prominent meteor showers, which is observable in mid-December. #SpotTheAsteroid Asteroid Day NEOShield-2

Posted by Northolt Branch Observatories on Saturday, 16 December 2017