Earth's First Asteroid Impact Of 2014 Happened Just Now

Thursday, 02 January 2014 - 12:36PM
Astronomy
Thursday, 02 January 2014 - 12:36PM
Earth's First Asteroid Impact Of 2014 Happened Just Now

An asteroid measuring approximately 3 meters in length has just hit Earth, making it the first asteroid impact for 2014. Asteroid AA 2014 also receives the accolade of being only the second asteroid to be discovered just before it struck our planet. 

 

Thankfully, AA 2014 burnt up on its way through our atmosphere, but the impact comes after 2013 saw many scientists petitioned the government for an effective program to protect against potentially disastrous future impacts. While Asteroid AA 2014 wasn't large enough to pose a threat, its late detection only serves to further the argument that our planet is under threat from millions of unidentified and undetected space rocks. Space agencies are keeping a watchful eye on our skies, but with so many objects out there more help is needed. 

 

Discovered by the Mt. Lemmon Survey, asteroid AA 2014 is thought to have burnt up over the Atlantic Ocean somewhere between South America and Africa at around Midnight EST. It's discovery came just 1 day prior with the Mt. Lemmon Survey's telescope in Arizona detecting the faintest of lights in amongst the night sky of New Years Eve.

 

As worrying as it may be to think that an asteroid can slip by undetected, you shouldn't start panicking just yet. The majority of large asteroids have already been mapped and impacts are still considered relatively rare. But, such events should serve as a warning to Governments across the world, because one day, one of these space rocks is going to be big enough to do us some damage and so far, we have no means with which to protect ourselves.

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