Astronomers have spotted a car-sized asteroid is only a few hours before impact


The astronomers noticed that there was a car-size asteroid in an hour before it slammed into the Earth and burned up in the atmosphere over the weekend, news sources report.

Scientists of the Hawaiian islands, in the first instance, and saw that the asteroid, dubbed 2019 at the latest, MO., on Saturday (June 22). Soon after, the heavenly traveler, and broke off in a huge fireball when it hit the atmosphere, about 240 miles (380 kilometers) south of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and, according to the University of Hawaii.

This is only the fourth time in history that scientists have spotted an asteroid this close to the impact. The other three detections, all of which occurred in the past 11 years, including 2008 TC3, 2014 AA, a, and 2018, with los angeles, which is where it landed like a meteorite in south Africa, with just 7 hours after it was discovered by the scientists. [Doomsday: 9 Real Ways You Planet]

In contrast to the end of 2018, the LA, the Earth, and the last visitor was harmless, and not on the floor. However, the natural disaster, a 13-foot (4-meter) long, it is still a spectacular ball of fire that is approximately equal to 6000 tons of the explosive TNT, according to the Center for a Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), which is being carried out by the Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California, usa.

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The asteroid impact was so powerful, even the satellites in orbit and saw it. The satellites, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is part of the impact, and the destruction at 5:25 pm EDT (21:25 UTC), as you can see from this tweet below.

At the time of the impact, 2019 at the latest, MO and was traveling all over 33,300 mph (14.9 km/s), CNEOS have been reported. NOAA’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper on-board the satellite, GOES-East, also by the natural disaster, according to The Weather Channel.

It is a fact that scientists discovered the asteroid before the destruction, it is cause for celebration. This is the first time that the two survey telescopes-the University of Hawaii’s ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) and Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) data, and showed that they have enough warning to get people to move away from the impact area of an incoming asteroid,” according to a statement.

With the help of these telescopes, astronomers 2019 at the latest, MO-four-times-in as little as 30 minutes, when the asteroid was just 310,600 miles (500,000 km) from Earth, or 1.3 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

At first, the scientists gave it a two out of four rating, which means that, it seemed unlikely that the Earth is affected by it. However as more and more data, they will be upgraded by 2019 at the latest MO to four years old. Is the Nexrad (Next Generation Radar) weather-network in Puerto Rico, which is operated by NOAA’s National Weather Service, also saw that the asteroid, which points to the entry location, according to Cnet.

By 2019, MO-it was a lot smaller than the 66 feet long (20 meters) asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013. The amount of energy released when that meteor was equivalent to about 440,000 tons of TNT.

Now that the ATLAS is up and running (it’s in the beginning of its operations in the year 2015), it will detect all types of android, both large and small. It is a system of two telescopes, one located on the 100-mile (160 km) of one another, to scan the skies for asteroids in each of the two nights. Since then, I have discovered over 100 asteroids are greater than 100 feet (30 m) in diameter, of each year.

In theory, the ATLAS should be able to find the smaller asteroids, as of 2019 (MO), about half a day before they arrive, and larger objects such as the Chelyabinsk meteor, a few days before they get to the university, he said.

That is, the good news is that we can use them as a warning before the asteroid causing huge fireballs in the sky, or send pieces of the space rock is hurtling toward Earth.

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