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Phaethon

  

      n   a small asteroid that has an orbit approaching close to the sun and releases fragments of dust that enter the earth's atmosphere as meteors  


Phaëthon  
      n     (Greek myth)   the son of Helios (the sun god) who borrowed his father's chariot and nearly set the earth on fire by approaching too close to it. Zeus averted the catastrophe by striking him down with a thunderbolt  
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