A small asteroid exploded over the English Channel just after it entered the Earth’s atmosphere several media outlets reported.
It’s called an “airburst” and was only the seventh time that an asteroid impact had been predicted before it happens, The Telegraph reported.
The European Space Agency had predicted that the asteroid was going to “safely strike” the Earth’s atmosphere near the French city of Rouen.
A 1-meter meteoroid (small #asteroid) has been detected and is expected to *safely* strike Earth's atmosphere over northern France between 3:50-4:03 CET.— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) February 12, 2023
In the area? Look out for a #ShootingStar!☄️#Fireball#Sar2667 https://t.co/ul0tAMmXBK
☄️@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 small asteroid — named Sar2667 —was about 3 feet big and was seen just before 3:00 GMT Monday morning and was shared across social media.
thank you so much for your thread. unforgettable moment— ⍼ (@aes_2fish) February 13, 2023
lit up the sky and disintegrated in a bright shade of green before dipping under the treeline
i could see it breaking up as it dove. Pic taken from ~200km away pic.twitter.com/r3ZKWNcRsj
While may have only been about 3 feet big, it left a huge burst of light in the sky that was visible across most of southern England and Wales, Wales Online reported.
It also was seen in France, the Independent reported.
🇫🇷 France, Le havre.— iustitia (@iustiti35530172) February 13, 2023
Passage de #Sar2667 au dessus du Havre, prise de vue proche du Stade océane du HAC.