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Arecibo Radio Telescope Captures New Images of ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ 3200 Phaethon
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
When Hurricane Marie swept through Puerto Rico, it left behind extensive damage to many structures, including the Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar—the world’s second-largest single-dish radio telescope. 3200 Phaethon—an Apollo asteroid—came the closest to Earth it has ever been on December 16. “These new observations of Phaethon show it may be similar in shape to asteroid Bennu, the target of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, but 10 times larger,” Patrick Taylor, a Universities Space Research Association (USRA) scientist and group leader for Planetary Radar at Arecibo Observatory, said in a statement. read more
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