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Monday, November 10, 2008

 

2008 TC3, an asteroid falls to earth

On October 7 infrasound detectors in Kenya registered the presence of an explosion over Africa, at the same time a weather satellite registered a flash of light. These were the last moments of Asteroid 2008 TC3, the first asteroid to have been predicted to impact earth (okay the asteroid was only about 2 meters in diameter, but impressive none the less). Emily Lakdawalla gives a good overview of this event at The Planetary Society, and Astronomy Post of the Day has an image of the persistent train left after the asteroid burnt up.

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