Researchers have found part of an asteroid that turned into a blazing fireball as it disintegrated over southern Africa last month.
The boulder-size asteroid was estimated to be about 6 feet across, small enough to safely disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere.
The space rock disintegrated several miles above the Earth’s surface.
Videos posted to YouTube reportedly show the fireball streaking across the night sky, including one captured on a South African farm’s security camera.
2018 LA was first detected by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Ariz., which is funded by NASA and is operated by the University of Arizona.
“After disruption, the asteroid fragments were blown by the wind while falling down, scattering over a wide area.”