A SMALL asteroid lit up the night’s sky above the English Channel after entering the Earth’s atmosphere early this morning.
The 3ft meteoroid – or small asteroid – was seen at about 3pm as it burnt up and disintegrated.
Thousands of people stayed up to watch as the space rock, named Sar2667, flew overhead.
☄️@esaoperations reported a 1 m meteoroid before it entered Earth’s atmosphere over northern France early this morning: only the 7th time an #asteroidimpact has been predicted – but a sign of the rapid advances in global detection capabilities! #Fireball #Sar2667 https://t.co/MzYoIkRaF2
— ESA (@esa) February 13, 2023
The European Space Agency tweeted that the object had been detected and was expected to safely enter Earth’s atmosphere over northern France between 3.50-4.03am CET (2.50am-3.03am GMT).
It is just the seventh time an asteroid impact has ever been predicted in advance.
The European Space Agency tweeted that it was ‘a sign of the rapid advancements in global asteroid detection capabilities!’