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.
3200 Phaethon is an Apollo asteroid with an orbit that brings it closer to the Sun than any other named asteroid. For this reason, it was named after the Greek myth of Phaëton, son of the sun god Helios.
We’ll have live image streams of Phaethon as it makes its closest approach and we’ll be discussing this peculiar object. We’ll also hear the mythological stories of Phaethon.