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Small Asteroid 2018 LA impacted Earth on 02 June

3 Jun 2018, 21:02 UTC
Small Asteroid 2018 LA impacted Earth on 02 June
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M.P.E.C. 2018-L04 issued on 2018 June 3 at 16:15 UT reports the discovery of the asteroid 2018 LA (discovery magnitude 18.2) by Mt. Lemmon Survey (MPC code G96 - Observer R. A. Kowalski) on images taken on June 02.3 with a 1.5-m reflector + 10K CCD. 2018 LA is a small Apollo asteroid with an estimated size of 1.7 m - 5.2 m (based on the object's absolute magnitude H=30.6).As reported on this MPEC: "This object no longer exists (in its original form), following its entry into the Earth's atmosphere on 2018 June 2. A news item on the event is in preparation by JPL's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. The orbit below, based on only the given astrometric observations, indicates that the object reached 50-km height above the Earth's surface around 16:51 UTC over southern Africa". Below you can see the discovery images of 2018 LA (also known by it provisional NEOCP designation ZLAF9B2). The asteroid is the streak just at center of the image, surrounded by the purple circle.(CREDIT: Mt. Lemmon Survey - CSS).Below you can see the a mapa of the possible impact region made by Bill Gray (click on the image for a bigger version). The ...

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