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

An asteroid as big as a refrigerator recently smashed into Earth‘s atmosphere just hours after it was first detected by astronomers. It is the fifth time that researchers have spotted one of these cosmic rocks before it hit us.  

The asteroid, named 2022 EB5, was first detected by Krisztián Sárneczky, an astronomer at the Piszkéstető Mountain Station, part of Konkoly Observatory in Hungary, on March 11. Two hours later, the space rock, which measured around 6.5 feet (2 meters) across, slammed into Earth’s atmosphere at an estimated speed of around 39,600 mph (63,700 km/h) and most likely exploded, according to EarthSky. Based on its speed, the rock was around one-third of the distance between the Earth and the moon away when it was spotted.  


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