NASA reported the approach to Earth of a large asteroid

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A large asteroid (3200) Phaethon gets closer to Earth, December 16, said in a statement on the NASA website.

A celestial body with a diameter of 4.8 kilometers will pass within ten million kilometers from the planet, which is 27 times the distance from earth to the moon. Stresses that the next time this convergence will occur only in 2093 year.

NASA Phaeton classified as «potentially dangerous» celestial bodies, which, in the event of a collision, can cause serious Land damage. Because of its orbit, the asteroid’s motion around the Sun, intersects the orbit of the four planets from mercury to Mars. Its existence became known in 1983, thanks to the photos taken with the spacecraft.

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