An asteroid was discovered shortly before impact, fireball visible over Europe

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An asteroid hit Earth a few weeks ago, just hours after its discovery. According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the celestial body named 2023 CX1 was discovered by astronomer Krisztiàn Sárneczky at the Piszkéstető Observatory in Hungary. A glowing fireball could be seen over much of Europe.

Minutes later, a second observation was made and reported to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, Phys.org says. Forty minutes later, the Višnjan Observatory in Croatia confirmed the object.

Impact over the English Channel
Based on its trajectory, it could be predicted to enter Earth’s atmosphere over the English Channel. According to ESA, the asteroid had a 100 percent probability of impact there, according to several impact assessment systems. A threat to Earth or humanity could be ruled out based on its diameter of about one meter.

The fireball was visible in Western Europe. According to the International Meteor Organization, the star was reported 61 times, including over England, France, Belgium and Germany.

ESA reported that fragments of the asteroid could be located on the coast north of Rouen in Normandy. Indeed, two days after the impact, a piece was found in a field in France.

  • source: futurezone.at/picture: pixabay.com
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