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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.<ref name=UT20121106>Say Hello to Asteroid 2007 PA8 (Universe Today)</ref><ref name=jpl/> It was discovered on August 9, 2007 by LINEAR.<ref name=jpl>(214869) 2007 PA8 Goldstone Radar Observations Planning</ref> 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.<ref name=jpl/> It has an Apollo type orbit and is classified as a potentially hazardous asteroid (PHA).<ref name=jpl/>

(214869) 2007 PA8 may be a dormant comet related to the November γ Pegasids meteor shower.<ref name=Jenniskens2014>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>


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