Asteroid breaks up over Atlantic Ocean

Global News

TORONTO – Earth has received its first asteroid visitor for 2014.

According to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Electronic Center (MPC), asteroid 2014 AA likely hit the Earth’s atmosphere on Jan. 2.

“It is virtually certain that 2014 AA hit the Earth’s atmosphere,” the MPC reported. “The impact locations are widely distributed, most likely falling on an arc extending from Central America to East Africa, with a best-fit location just off the coast of West Africa.”

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Steve Chesley, an astronomer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Near Earth Object office, said that the asteroid was discovered less than 20 hours after impact.

“At the time [of discovery]…it would have been about one lunar distance,” Chesley told Global News…

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