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A meteor will hit Africa in the morning

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http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news159.html

Small Asteroid Predicted to Cause Brilliant Fireball over Northern Sudan

Don Yeomans

NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office

October 6, 2008

A very small, few-meter sized asteroid, designated 2008 TC3, was found

Monday morning by the Catalina Sky Survey from their observatory near

Tucson Arizona. Preliminary orbital computations by the Minor Planet

Center suggested an atmospheric entry of this object within a day of

discovery. JPL confirmed that an atmospheric impact will very likely

occur during early morning twilight over northern Sudan, north-eastern

Africa, at 2:46 UT Tuesday morning. The fireball, which could be

brilliant, will travel west to east (from azimuth = 281 degrees) at a

relative atmospheric impact velocity of 12.8 km/s and arrive at a very

low angle (19 degrees) to the local horizon. It is very unlikely that

any sizable fragments will survive passage through the Earth's atmosphere.

Objects of this size would be expected to enter the Earth's atmosphere

every few months on average but this is the first time such an event has

been predicted ahead of time.

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B) I wonder if anyone is going to cover it ?

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Apparently it did what they predicted.

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news160.html

Impact of Asteroid 2008 TC3 Confirmed

Don Yeomans

NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Program Office

October 7, 2008

Confirmation has been received that the asteroid impact fireball

occurred at the predicted time and place. The energy recorded was

estimated to be 0.9 to 1.0 kT of TNT and the time of detection was

02:45:45 on October 7 (Greenwich Standard Time). More details on this

detection will be forthcoming. An addition confirmation was apparently

reported by a KLM airliner (see: http://www.spaceweather.com/). As

reported by Peter Brown (University of Western Ontario, Canada), a

preliminary examination of infrasound stations nearest to the predicted

impact point shows that at least one station recorded the event. These

measurements are consistent with the predicted time and place of the

atmospheric impact and indicate an estimated energy of 1.1 - 2.1 kT of

TNT.

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Haha, would have been awesome to see.

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:oB) Ever wonder if they will tell us if a really Life ending one is comeing this way? Not much we could do if it was anyway. Just Grin and Bear it!

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