Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey spotted a considerably small Asteroid last week. The cosmic boulder heading towards Earth influenced the atmosphere. The asteroid’s estimated measure was around 6 feet and was named Asteroid 2018 LA. It is the third occasion wherein the Asteroid was recorded to impact on the Earth’s atmosphere.
Paul Chodas, the Manager of NASA’s CNEOS (Center for Near-Earth Object Studies), stated it is the 2nd time the prediction of collision location was precise.
The Asteroids burned while being in the atmosphere without causing any damage.
As per the calculations of the NEO watchers, the Asteroid entered the atmosphere in the region like Papua New Guinea to the Indian Ocean which is nearer to Africa.
The last glimpse of the Asteroid’s existence was recorded on Saturday evening in SA (South Africa). The fireball disappeared before touching the ground. NASA’s scientists said the Asteroid disintegrated in the air, miles above the ground. The disintegration of the cosmic boulder lightened up the African skies.
NASA Headquarters’ Planetary Defense Officer, Lindley Johnson, said, “The Asteroid was a very small object to identify and notify.” The officer added, “The modern facilities, capabilities, and the models for impact prediction have potential to predict the impact of larger objects.”
A large Asteroid went undetected in 2013 until the cosmic body collided in the atmosphere. The collision created a typical wave of the shock for which thousands of glass windows blew out in Chelyabinsk. It also created minor injuries.
Late-detected or undetected Asteroids raise potential threats! But, small Asteroids similar to 2018 LA that are hard to spot would not cause major damages.
Engaging more numbers of telescopes and appointing more eyes to detect the space rocks in the sky approaching towards Earth would be valuable! Though Asteroid 2018 LA didn’t cause any damage, it surprised the astronomers as they were able to spot it shortly before it entered the atmosphere.