An astronomer spotted an asteroid two hours before it hit Earth

(ORDO NEWS) — On March 11, astronomer Krishtian Sarnecki first spotted an asteroid, designated 2022 EB5, using the Schmidt telescope at the Hungarian Piskestet observatory.

Observations show that the cosmic body was the size of a refrigerator, and just a few hours later it affected the atmosphere north of Iceland. Forbes.com reports .

The remaining asteroids that will hit Earth later are expected: 2008 TC3, 2014 AA, 2018 LA and 2019 MO.

The fact that they have all been discovered in the past fifteen years reflects improvements in technology and resources that are designed to monitor the near-Earth environment.

The impact was recorded by sensors in Norway designed to monitor nuclear explosions. According to Western Ontario University astronomer Peter Brown, the total energy release is equivalent to about 2,000 tons of TNT.

Some observers on the north side of Iceland reported seeing a bright flash in the sky around the time the asteroid was about to hit.

While some remnants of other recently discovered fragments have made it to the Earth’s surface, all parts of 2022 EB5 have presumably already burned up or fallen into the Arctic Ocean.

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