Asteroid hits Earth! (Almost.)
‘First 2014 Asteroid Discovered,’ NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
While Washingtonians were welcoming the new year in blissful ignorance, an observatory on a mountaintop in Arizona photographed the first asteroid of 2014 — and it was headed straight for Earth! (Though it was still 2013 in Arizona, 2014 was already six hours old in Greenwich, England, where the official world clock is located.) Fortunately, 2014 AA, as it was immediately named, was only about the size of an automobile, and it burned up when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere about 21 hours later. No damage done.