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. Since it is a tiny asteroid of just 2 metres it would have burnt completely when enters the Earth Atmosphere. It entered Earth's atmosphere at the high speed of 10 miles per second and disintegrated several miles above the surface, creating a fireball that lit up the evening sky, said NASA.
"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.More news: Days Are Longer Now Because the Moon Moves Away from Earth
The asteroid was seen astronomical service Catalina Sky Survey Steward Observatory, located near Tucson in Arizona.
Just hours after scientists spotted it hurtling towards Earth, an asteroid struck the planet's atmosphere and exploded in a bright fireball on Saturday, June 2.More news: Warriors and Cavs Refuse to Visit White House - Katie Zehnder
Those three were obviously not major threats, but hopefully, detection methods continue to improve so if a space object the size of Sokovia is heading our way, we have some time to prepare.
Meteorites probably reached the floor because the asteroid broke apart, Brown stated. Videos posted to YouTube reportedly show the fireball streaking across the night sky, including one captured on a South African farm's security camera. In fact, an infrasound station in South Africa detected the impact of the asteroid on Saturday afternoon.More news: State Department sends personnel for screenings in U.S. after China acoustic incident
But, also a small space object has been the one that exploded over Chelyabinsk, in Russian Federation, back in 2013, and caused a shockwave that blew thousands of windows into pieces, causing small injuries in residents. He adds that the event is also only the second time that a location has been identified with enough time before eventual impact. However, the CAS clarified that the larger asteroids reflect more sunlight, so usually the medium and large ones can be detected earlier. However, the asteroid of 2008 was detected nineteen hours before it struck the sky over Sudan. Astronomers have spotted, plotted, and forecasted asteroid flybys months, years, and even decades ahead of time but sometimes space rocks can be sneaky, especially when they're small. Luckily, 2014 AA struck over the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles away from the nearest landmass, Sky & Telescope reported at the time.