(3200) Phaethon

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1983 TB. Discovered 1983 Oct. 11 with the Infrared Astronomical Satellite.

This object associated with the Geminid meteor stream has the smallest known perihelion distance for a body in a short-period orbit and is named for the son of Helios, who operated the solar chariot for a day, lost control of it and almost set fire to the Earth. (M 9771)

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