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Hours after being observed in space, asteroid slams into Earth

The object, Sar2667, entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Monday morning over the English Channel.
Image of an asteroid in space.
Posted at 3:12 PM, Feb 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-13 15:12:04-05

For just the seventh time in history, an asteroid was observed in space before hitting Earth.

The object, Sar2667, entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Monday morning over the English Channel. It was observed on Sunday by the International Meteor Organization.

The organization predicted a bright fireball would occur over the skies of Great Britain and France – which is exactly what happened. As it came crashing to Earth, many people tweeted videos and photos of the fireball in the sky. The fireball remained in the sky for several seconds.

Observers believe the asteroid was about 1 meter wide. It was projected to come down near the French town of Le Havre.

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It’s unclear how much, if any, of the asteroid made it all the way to the ground. Small asteroids tend to lose much of their mass in the atmosphere before reaching the ground.

The last time an asteroid was observed before hitting Earth was in November when WJ1 was seen over the skies of Toronto. That object was about 1 meter wide.