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

An artist’s impression of an asteroid approaching Earth. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

this asteroid The size of the refrigerator that was recently broken a landAtmosphere a few hours after its discovery by astronomers. It’s the fifth time 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 the galactic Konkulli Observatory, on March 11. Through it, the Earth’s atmosphere was hit at an estimated speed of 63,700 km / h and may have exploded, according to what he reported EarthSky. Judging by its speed, the rock was about a third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon when it was seen.