In the skies over Africa exploded asteroid

It shows the fiery remnants of an asteroid disintegrating in Earth's atmosphere over Botswana on Saturday night.

A boulder-sized asteroid turned into a fireball after getting into the Earth's Atmosphere and hit over a South African nation of Botswana, an African nation around 1 PM on June 2.

The International Astronomical Union confirmed the rock entered the Earth's atmosphere on June 2 and was named Asteroid 2018 LA and was estimated at between 10 to 16 feet wide.

Asteroid 2018 LA was first discovered by the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey operated by the University of Arizona, the agency said. But, small Asteroids similar to 2018 LA that are hard to spot would not cause major damages. As is the case for all asteroid-hunting projects, the data were quickly sent to the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which calculated a preliminary trajectory indicating the possibility of an Earth impact.

The asteroid, dubbed 2018 LA, was discovered out near the moon's orbit early Saturday morning, aiming straight for Earth. This is a third such instance of tracking small asteroids with impact trajectory. According to NASA, the asteroid was determined to be on a collision course with Earth, with impact just hours away.

"This was a much smaller object than we are tasked to detect and warn about", said NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson.

YouTubeNasa's Near Earth Object Centre said that Asteroid 2018 LA was travelling at 27, 738 miles per hour. This is just the 3 time that the scientists detected an asteroid emerging towards the Earth and having a direct collision event with it. That said, it can never hurt to have more telescopes and eyes pointed at the sky looking for the next space rock aiming to knock on our door - or break it down.

And While 2018 LA was detected soon before it came at our setting, there are various organizations looking for potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) which may seriously affect life.

According to NASA, however, about 90 per cent of all asteroids larger than one kilometre have been discovered. The first was 2008 TC3, which was detected 15 hours before it broke up over northern Sudan on October 7, 2008.

In 2008, an asteroid measuring 4 metres was spotted 19 hours in advance. 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.

(Copyright © 2015. All Rights Reserved.)
 
Recommended

Is going home enough for Cavaliers to turn series around?
LeBron James and Stephen Curry might have opposing goals this week in Cleveland , but they agree on one thing. Earlier this year, James and Kevin Durant spoke out against Donald Trump in a video with ESPN's Cari Champion.

Truex pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway
The first of two trips to Pocono Raceway mean that the summer racing season is officially underway. "We got them, '" Truex said. After scoring one top-10 finish in the season's first seven races, Johnson has five top-10 finishes in the last seven races.

'Sonic attack' fears as more USA diplomats fall ill in China
The State Department evacuated at least two more citizens who fell ill in China after hearing odd noises, officials said. The State Department has said it suspects the stricken diplomats in Cuba were purposely targeted for an attack.

Saudi Arabia Begins Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Women in Historic Moment
Ultraconservatives viewed women driving as immoral and warned women would be subject to sexual harassment if they drove. The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has also condemned the arrests and called on Saudi Arabia to release the activists.

Code Vein gets an Official Release Date
Abusing the Gifts, or giving in too fully to bloodlust, leads Vein to become "Lost", mindless creatures with no humanity. When players equip their character with the Blood Code feature, they will get the original owner's special skill.

Apple announces iOS 12 and macOS Mojave
Users will be able to lock down access to their camera, location, microphone, cookies, messaging history, and more . The other big new feature is Stacks which will help you tame a busy desktop by organizing files into neat groups.

The shallow optimism for Trump's summit with North Korea
Despite that, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Wednesday that Bolton would travel to Singapore. Trump's faith in Pompeo is seen as a key factor for entrusting him with the North Korea portfolio.

Fans ready to step in and help rescue crisis-stricken Aston Villa
But, in all honesty, Villa's approach in trying to win promotion back to the Premier League looks to have been foolhardy. There are question marks over what financial shape Villa are in and now the club have moved to suspend Wyness.

PM Modi on World Environment Day
Dia Mirza, actress and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India, said plastics have become an "essential part of our lives". He asked everyone to keep their pledge and shun use of plastic.

Uncle Sam not paying for Kim Jong Un’s expenses: State Department
The comments could anger Pyongyang, who have previously lashed out when Trump officials were seen to have spoken out of turn. Two of the hotel's buildings were built in the 1880s for British officers based on the island.

Trump hosts first iftar dinner
The iftar is a daily breakfast meal for Muslims who fast from sunrise to sunset during the month. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Muslim faith.

Kevin Durant hits ridiculous dagger 3-pointer in Game 3 again
Still, even over the course of the first two games of the Finals, Golden State seems - finally - more aware of what is at stake. The next two days will be angst-laden for Cleveland, though hardly anyone should be fretting the outcome of this series.

Some time ago, days were much shorter
The variations can, therefore, affect the distribution of sunlight on Earth, driving climate cycles for long periods. So, they used astrochronology, a method that connects both astronomical theory with geological observation.

Robertson: Mohamed Salah can emulate Messi and Ronaldo
The newspaper said Mourinho is ready to give the shirt to the 5-time Balon d'Or victor if he returns. They also take on Morocco and Iran.

Kim Jong-un begged for summit on his knees: Rudy Giuliani
The summit will be held in the Capella Hotel on the exclusive resort of Sentosa, a tiny Singaporean island covered in golf courses that was once a pirate hangout.


More News

News
More News