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Asteroid spotted just two hours before impact with Earth

An asteroid was recently spotted just two hours before it hit Earth’s atmosphere.

On March 11, Hungarian astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky from the Konkoly Observatory near Budapest spotted a small asteroid heading towards our planet.

The small rocky object, designated 2022 EB5, impacted Earth north of Iceland.

At just 10 feet wide, 2022 EB5 was about the size of an average stepladder.

The asteroid was moving at a speed of about 11 miles per second (or 18.5 km/s).

Because of the tremendous speed at which it traveled, the asteroid vaporized harmlessly in Earth’s atmosphere.

However, experts say that even if the asteroid had landed on Earth, it would not have caused much damage due to its small size.

It is currently unclear whether residual fragments survived the impact.

Some residents of Iceland have reported hearing a loud bang or seeing a flash of light, prompting the International Meteor Organization to seek witnesses.

Such reports are not uncommon, as asteroid flight through our atmosphere typically causes a bright meteor or shooting star, often referred to as a fireball, according to a report by EarthSky.

When EB5 hit Earth in 2022, it was the fifth known case of an asteroid being spotted before impact, noted astronomer Marian Rudnyk in a tweet.

Rudnyk added that this statistic shows how dangerous asteroids are and “how vulnerable we are.”

In an attempt to fix this vulnerability, NASA recently conducted a simulated experiment to re-evaluate the effects of an asteroid impacting Earth report.

The simulated exercise lasted two days and hoped to measure the United States’ ability to effectively respond to an asteroid threat.

It also focused on whether federal, state, and local government officials could coordinate effectively.

An asteroid impact on our planet is one of the few natural disasters that science can accurately predict and potentially prevent.

This article originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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