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    Yonder Star: Asteroid to Fly Terrifyingly Close to Earth Before Christmas

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    Astronomers noted that the space rock's path will miss Earth's orbit by only several million miles, the Daily Mail reported.

    A giant asteroid called 3200 Phaethon will come within terrifying proximity of our planet just a week before Christmas, on December 17, with scientists saying the vast space rock should be relatively easy to spot, according to Russian astronomers.

    The asteroid is believed to cause a spectacular meteor shower, which can be seen between December 13 and 14, metro.co.uk wrote.

    For their part, NASA astronomers stated that since they started studying near-Earth objects, this is the first time when an asteroid of this size has approached our planet so close.

    READ MORE: Asteroids Photobomb NASA's Hubble Telescope Images of Distant Galaxies (PHOTOS)

    The "encounter with the Earth" will give scientists an excellent opportunity to closer analyze the asteroid with the help of ground-based radars.


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