Asteroid hits Earth two hours after being detected – Science

A small asteroid reached the Arctic Sea, Norway, last Friday (11). It was discovered just two hours before entering the Earth’s atmosphere, according to information from the portal. wow.

Identified as “2022 EB5”, it was detected by astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky, of the Hungarian Piszkéstet Observatory, and measured between 2 meters and 4 meters in diameter, equivalent to the size of a car.

The rock was moving at about 18.5 km/s, or 66,600 km/h, and the calculation of its trajectory indicated that it was an Apollo-like asteroid, which transits between the Sun and Mars. The impact took place in a remote location in Norway, 700 km from the coast.

NASA followed the trajectory

Krisztián Sárneczky reported the discovery to the Minor Planet Center, a collaborative organization that analyzes data from asteroids and comets. In this way, it was possible to track and calculate the trajectory of the object through the international community, including NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Due to its small size, the hypothesis is that the rock vaporized by friction during its passage through the atmosphere. It is also very unlikely that any fragments will be found, as they fell into the ocean.



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