Asteroid discovered shortly before crashing into Canada

Early Saturday (19), an asteroid entered the Earth’s atmosphere and fell in the area of ​​Brantford, Ontario, Canada. The fall occurred at 5:27 a.m. Brasilia time. The object, which was no more than a meter wide, had been identified hours earlier, when an imminent impact alert had been issued.

The asteroid was given the working name C8FF042 and no casualties were reported. Due to its size, it was probably completely burned up and disintegrated upon entering the atmosphere, with fragments falling near Lake Eire. Before burning, the phenomenon produced a large glow which was captured by some witnesses.

The object, now known as 2022 WJ1, was identified by the Mount Lemmon Survey, a telescope part of the Catalina Sky Survey space surveillance network. Astronomers predicted the location and time of the asteroid’s fall for southeastern Canada at 5:26 a.m. It was the sixth time an object had been identified before passing through the planetary defense system. The discovery and the accuracy of the prediction were cause for celebration for the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Repercussion of the asteroid on social networks

Asteroid C8FF042 was also observed by other observatories before its collision with Earth and by locals. Residents of Maryland, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania (USA) reported on social media seeing the asteroid and feeling the tremors as it entered the atmosphere.

“I captured meteor #c8ff042 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada with my GoPro. He was capturing 30 second shots all night and he got this shot.

“I heard and felt almost as if my house had moved. I thought a generator had exploded nearby. #meteroid »

“It would have been interesting to see, but at least I could hear it. I had been awoken for some reason and a few seconds later the house shook like when it was hit by a gust of wind and then there was a muffled rumble for two or three seconds.

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