(214869) 2007 PA8

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The asteroid during its 2012 close approach

(214869) 2007 PA8 is an asteroid roughly 1.6 km in diameter and that came within 6.5 million km (4 million miles, 17 lunar distances) to Earth on November 5, 2012.[1][2] It was discovered on August 9, 2007 by LINEAR.[2] It was studied by the Goldstone radar as it came near Earth, which resulted in images and other data about the asteroid, such as its rotation rate.[2] It has an Apollo type orbit and is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).[2]

2007 PA8 may be a dormant comet related to the November γ Pegasids meteor shower.[3]

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  1. ^ Say Hello to Asteroid 2007 PA8 (Universe Today)
  2. ^ a b c d (214869) 2007 PA8 Goldstone Radar Observations Planning
  3. ^ Rudawska, Regina; Jenniskens, Peter (2014). "New meteor showers identified in the CAMS and SonotaCo meteoroid orbit surveys". Proceedings of the Meteoroids 2013 Conference Aug. 26-30, 2013, A.M. University, Poznan, Poland. arXiv:1405.1769. Bibcode:2014me13.conf..217R. 

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