Three-Mile-Wide ‘Potentially Hazardous’ Asteroid Will Fly Past Earth In December

Astronomers are watching the skies as a three-mile-wide asteroid named after the Greek demi-God Phaethon will pass as close as 6.4 million miles from Earth on Dec. 17 – ‘quite close,’ Russian astronomers told Yahoo News UK. The object, named 3200 Phaethon, will have no chance it will actually hit Earth, the report said. Phaethon was a Greek demi-God who borrowed his father, the sun God Helios’s chariot, the report said, and nearly burnt the Earth to a cinder, before being killed by Zeus. NASA classifies the asteroid as a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid,’ but it will pass 6.4 million miles from Earth on Dec 17, Yahoo News UK reported. The Phaethon asteroid puzzles scientists because it has…