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WATCH LIVE: Giant asteroid to fly by Earth today

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Tune-in live on December 16th at 5:30pm EST | 22:30 UTC as the parent asteroid of December's Geminid meteor shower, 3200 Phaethon, makes a historically close fly-by to Earth.

From Space.com:

3200 Phaethon would be a quite insignificant member of the solar system were it not for the object's remarkable orbit, which will carry it to within 6.4 million miles (10.3 million km) of Earth on Dec. 16. 

On its way toward the sun, this asteroid will skim past Earth, with the closest approach to the planet occurring on Dec. 16 at 5:59 p.m. EST (1059 GMT). At that moment, Phaethon will be 6,404,655 miles (10,307,293 km) from Earth — the equivalent of 26.8 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

Watch it LIVE below:


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