In a rare feat of early detection, scientists have discovered an asteroid racing towards Earth just hours before its expected impact. The asteroid, named 2023 CX1, was spotted by astronomers and quickly determined to be on a collision course with Earth.
The asteroid exploded over the English Channel after it was detected, creating a “magnificent” spectacle over Europe. Videos of the event show a large meteor streaking across the sky, accompanied by a green comet and Mars.
The discovery of the asteroid was made possible due to the recent advances in planetary defense. Scientists have been working to develop technology that can detect asteroids and other space objects that could pose a threat to Earth.
This discovery is a testament to the progress that has been made in planetary defense. While the asteroid was too close to Earth to be diverted, the early detection allowed for the timely evacuation of people in the area.
The asteroid was estimated to be the size of a bus and was traveling at a speed of over 30,000 miles per hour. It is believed that the asteroid would have caused significant damage if it had made contact with Earth.
Fortunately, the asteroid was destroyed in the atmosphere and no damage was caused. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of planetary defense and the need for continued research and development in the field.