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Asteroid 2024 BX1 was observed from AIRA's headquarters in Romania

Small asteroid 2024 BX1 was discovered on the night of Jan 20, 2024, by Piszkéstető Station in Hungary three hours before entered in the Earth's atmosphere.

It was observed from Bucharest Observatory for an hour until 25 minutes before impact, using a 0.35 m telescope.

The object was fast as it was getting closer to our planet and increased over six times in brightness. Our last observation was made while de asteroid was at 13.000 km away from the Earth surface.

On Jan 21, at 00:33 GMT, the asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere over Germany and produced a very bright fireball, which was observed by multiple allsky cameras.

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Mp4 video with asteroid 2024 BX1 as observed by AIRA (Credit: Dr. Adrian Șonka)

Published on: Jan 26, 2024

Asteroid 2024 BX1 as seen through one of the AIRA's refracting telescopes

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