Pint-sized asteroid spotted just hours before slamming into Earth’s atmosphere

An astroid disintegrates over Botswana

Asteroid 2018 LA was first discovered by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey operated by the University of Arizona, the agency said.

NASA had only discovered the asteroid on Saturday and determined it was on a collision course for the planet, charted for entry in a vast expanse from Southern Africa and across the Indian Ocean to New Guinea and given the name 2018 LA.

The rock, which is thought to have measured just around six feet in length, was too small to appear on sky surveys and the fact that it "snuck up" on NASA is totally understandable for an object of this size.

"However, this real-world event allows us to exercise our capabilities and gives some confidence our impact prediction models are adequate to respond to the potential impact of a larger object", Johnson pointed out.

Discovery photographs captured with the Catalina Sky Survey show asteroid 2018 LA about eight hours before it slammed into Earth's atmosphere and broke up.

This weekend, NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) and the IAU Minor Planet Center confirmed that an asteroid (named 2018 LA) was headed our way just hours before it struck the atmosphere above Botswana.

The space rock disintegrated several miles above the Earth's surface.

When it was spotted, astronomers realized there was a possibility of an Earth impact.

'The Office' actor Hugh Dane dead at 75
Other more high profile parts he undertook were as a barber on the Fresh Prince of Be-Air and as Fred on the 90s sitcom Roc . The Office star Steve Carell joined in the tributes to Dane, remarking that the late actor was "a terrific guy".

Max Kellerman makes controversial LeBron James claim about Steph Curry
Let's roast some more of his behavior throughout his career, shall we? The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers are 8-1 at home in this year's playoffs, losing only in their first-round opener against Indiana.

Serious 401 bus crash near Prescott
The Ornge air ambulance service has said it is responding to the scene, which is about 95 kilometres south of Ottawa. McIntyre said others injured in the crash are believed to be "walking wounded" who've been taken to other hospitals.

Just over 13 hours after it was detected, a bright "bolide" fireball was spotted at the end of that line, over the border between Botswana and South Africa.

"In general, I'd say the system worked pretty well".

The object, however, was much smaller than the meteor - estimated to be about 56 feet wide, that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013, injuring more than 1,000 people.

Designated 2018 LA, the asteroid was small enough that it was expected to safely disintegrate in Earth's atmosphere. However, the asteroid was determined to be very small and therefore harmless. The asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere over the southern African nation of Botswana at 12:44 p.m. EDT (1644 GMT) while hurtling down at a whopping 38,000 miles per hour (61,155 km/h).

"It is also only the second time that the high probability of an impact was predicted well ahead of the event itself", said Chodas.

The first event of this kind was the impact of asteroid 2008 TC3, which lit up the predawn sky above Northern Sudan on October 7, 2008.

Smaller objects are fainter and more hard to spot in a large sky, though efforts like the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey are increasingly able to search a wider field of sky to find these somewhat elusive objects. The second was 2014 AA, discovered only a few hours before it impacted over the Atlantic Ocean on January 1, 2014.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Andrew Luck's Father, Oliver, Named XFL Commissioner And CEO
The XFL plans to have eight league-owned teams, 40-man rosters and a 10-week regular season during the NFL's offseason. Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL back in January, with the inaugural season set for 2020.

Toure accuses 'cruel' Pep of hating African players
Toure, an Ivory Coast global , played for Guardiola at Barcelona for two seasons until he was sold to City in 2010 for £24m. In the "Benfica" already there is the curse of coach Bela Guttmann, after which the team loses all the European Cup finals.

Gmail's major redesign will be available to all in July
After that last four-week stretch, users will be pushed to the new Gmail permanently with no option to opt-out. In a recent blog post, the company revealed that everyone will get the new Material Design look in July.

Former Shakhtar boss Lucescu confirms Fred has completed move to Old Trafford
Take a look through the gallery above to see how Manchester United could line up in 2018/19 after agreeing a deal to sign Fred . Sources have told ESPN FC the deal for the 25-year-old is worth around €55 million, which could rise to €60m with add-ons.

First ‘Bumblebee’ Trailer Reveals the 80s-Set ‘Transformers’ Spinoff
Bumblebee: The Movie opens December 21 in the USA and December 26 in the United Kingdom , with no Australia release date yet. Loyal, resilient and tough, Bumblebee is arguably the most popular Autobot after Optimus Prime and he's getting his own film.

Miss America Axes Swimsuit Competition, Won’t Judge Women on ‘Outward Physical Appearance’
Although the competition began as a swimsuit pageant, Carlson said the talent portion of the event has the highest ratings. The competition's leadership teams now all are headed by women , including former Miss America winners.

Intel unveils 40th Anniversary Core i7-8086K processor
Intel also announced two new 8th generation Intel Core mobile chips, the Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series. The chip will ship on 8 June, with Intel offering a chance for its fans to win one of the limited edition Core i7s.

Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts, Leaves Dozens Dead
Ash from the volcano fell on the capital city as well as the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla. Volcan de Fuego is located near Antigua, a city popular with tourists for its 16th-century buildings and monuments .

Apple's giving a new camera (and some tongue) to Messages and Memoji
Apple faced a backlash late previous year when it emerged that the company slowed down some older iPhones with flagging batteries. The update comes as Apple tries to extend AR experiences to a broader population, rather than just hard-core, tech-savvy users.

OnePlus 6 Silk White available on June 5
There's also facial recognition, improved water resistance and this phone is one of very few to feature a headphone port. Originally announced alongside the new phone, the white OnePlus 6 now has an official release date and price .

Chelsea, Arsenal enter Jasper Cillessen chase
According to Sport , Chelsea have added Cillessen to our shortlist of potential successors for Courtois. We have been on the lookout for a quality keeper as Thibaut Courtois has not yet signed a new deal.

Apple's new 'digital wellbeing' tools aim to help reduce screen time
The FaceTime camera experience also includes filters, stickers, Animoji and Memoji as well, so everyone can take advantage of it. They're also more personalized since they now take into consideration more of your facial movements including your tongue.

Pete Davidson gets two Ariana Grande-inspired tattoos
Three hours later, Grande posted an Instagram Stories image of several pieces of text against a black background. This news comes shortly after Grande supported Davidson at his stand-up comedy set on Friday night.

Iran seeks boosting uranium enrichment within nuclear deal limits
The deal allows Iran to continue 3.67% uranium enrichment, far below the roughly 90% threshold of weapons-grade. Iran says the two issues are non-negotiable.

Police officer fired after patrol auto hits a suspect during a pursuit
In the video Patmon can be seen trying to run away as Saulters closes the distance between them with his auto . The man who was hit, identified as Timmy Patmon , rolls up on the hood of the auto and falls to the pavement.

Other news