A 1-metre diameter asteroid, previously known as Sar2736, was captured on camera as it appeared above Berlin, Germany, on 21 January.

What is impressive is that the asteroid was discovered less than 3 hours before entering the atmosphere!

Small asteroid falls above Germany.
Credits: Michael Aye/AllPlanets.

Amazingly, it was only the eighth asteroid to be identified before impact, most going unobserved.

According to the European Space Agency, nearly 99 per cent of near-Earth small asteroids remain undiscovered. This makes them an ideal target for schools, with a high chance of students being able to spot a new asteroid.

Michael Aye, a researcher at the Planetary Research Institute in Berlin, was able to capture the meteor after a tip from a colleague at SETI Institute.

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