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Asteroid to Burn Up Tonight! October 7, 2008

Posted by jcconwell in Asteroid, Astronomy.
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Just to the right of center, in the picture below, you will see a small dot. This is asteroid 2008 TC3. It’s about the size of a small car and was first discovered on Monday by the telescopes at Mt Lemon. The asteroid moves quick compared to the background stars, so when the telescope is fixed on the asteroid for a long exposure the stars will appear as streaks.

It is expected to hit in Northern Sudan in the evening. It holds the distinction of being the first asteroid to have a have a predicted impact on the Earth. It is between 2 to 5 meters in length and is expected to burn up in the upper atmosphere, creating a nice fireball. But if in the higher end of the size range, small fragments, about the size of your fist, may survive the burn up.