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Small asteroid impacts Earth’s atmosphere over France

Small asteroid impacts Earth’s atmosphere over France

A small asteroid, what some are calling a meteoroid, struck Earth’s atmosphere tonight – the night of February 12-13, 2023 – over northern France. The little space rock was just one meter wide (about 3 feet wide). The International Meteor Organization said that it could be the source of a potential meteorite fall. Any bits recovered could be the subject of future studies.

This is just the 7th time that a meteor was discovered before impacting Earth. Just a couple of months ago, astronomers discovered a meteor hours before it struck over Canada.

Small asteroid causes light show over France

Big accomplishment! Discovered before striking

Considering the small size of this little object moving through space, it’s amazing it could have been discovered before striking.

Krisztián Sárneczky of Hungary made the discovery of the object, which has been given the designation Sar2667, just hours before its predicted impact.

The last asteroid discovered just before striking Earth, 2022 WJ1, entered the air over Canada on November 19, 2022.

What’s more, this object – Sar2667 – struck Earth’s atmosphere at almost the 10-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk explosion over Russia. That object struck on February 15, 2013, creating a shock wave that broke windows in several cities in Russia.

You can read more about Sar2667’s stats at NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies page.

Asteroid alerts before impact from Twitter

Astronomy folk on Twitter had a field day Sunday evening, with alerts of the asteroid’s arrival.

Bottom line: A small asteroid safely crashed into Earth’s atmosphere – putting on a light show for observers in northern France – around 3 UTC on February 13, 2023. See videos of the impact on the atmosphere here.

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