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An asteroid the size of a refrigerator was discovered just two hours before it hit Earth

An asteroid the size of a refrigerator was discovered just two hours before it hit Earth

An artistic impression of an asteroid approaching Earth. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

that asteroid The size of a refrigerator that was recently smashed a landThe atmosphere just hours after it was discovered by astronomers. It is the fifth time that researchers have observed one of these cosmic rocks before they hit us.

The asteroid, called 2022 EB5, was first discovered by Krisztián Sárneczky, an astronomer at Piszkéstető Mountain Station, part of Hungary’s Konkulli Observatory, on March 11. Through, it slammed into Earth’s atmosphere at an estimated speed of about 39,600 mph (63,700 km/h) and likely exploded, according to EarthSky. Judging by its speed, the rock was about a third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon when it was spotted.