A small asteroid struck the Earth above Iceland last Friday — just two hours after it was spotted by an astronomer.
The space rock, named 2022 EB5, is believed to have mostly burnt up in our planet’s atmosphere, but even if it had impacted the surface it would have done little to no damage because it was just 10ft (3 metres) wide, about half the size of a giraffe.
Some people in Iceland reported hearing a boom or seeing a flash of light around the time 2022 EB5 scooted across the sky at 11 miles per second (18.5 km/s) between Greenland and Norway.
Due to the intense speed at which it was traveling, the asteroid harmlessly vaporized in Earth’s atmosphere. However, experts say even if the asteroid would have touched down on Earth, it wouldn’t have caused much damage due to its small size.
At present, it is unclear whether any residual fragments have survived the impact.