Huge meteor fireball as Asteroid Sar2667 explodes over English Channel in historic airburst first – RECAP
In what was an historic first, an asteroid that had only just been discovered exploded over the English Channel in a huge meteor fireball ‘airburst’ at around 3am this morning (Monday, February 13).
The small 1m asteroid, currently designated as Sar2667, exploded after entering the Earth’s atmosphere. It was visible from across most of southern England and Wales – and as far south as Paris, France.
For only the seventh time ever, scientists were able to predict when and where the airburst would happen, after spotting its approach just hours before.
American Physicist and airburst specialist Mark Boslough from the Los Alamos National Laboratory told Wales Online that while “airbursts of this size happen somewhere several times per year” they are “rarely discovered in advance.”
In fact, he said this was only the seventh time in history one had been discovered in advance. And he said it was the first time in history this had happened “over a populated area with enough
Mark Boslough is a research professor at University of New Mexico, fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and chair of the Asteroid Day Expert Panel. He is an expert in the study of planetary impacts and global catastrophes.
The video below by KadeFlowers on Twitter shows Asteroid Sar2667, seen from Brighton, Surrey, as it exploded over the English Channel at around 3am this morning.
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Slow mo video from Crawley shows Sar2667 breaking up