We didn't have to wait long for the first asteroid of the 2014 - a sofa-sized rock hurtled through our atmosphere between 3 -10 pm on New Year's Day.
What made this one even more special is that it was only the second one ever to have been spotted before it made impact.
The Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, captured these images.
As the first of the year the asteroid gained the designation 2014 AA.
Meteor falling from the sky in Edmonton, Canada. Filmed about 5:30pm Thursday November 20th 2008.
Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada. Filmed about 5:30pm Thursday November 20th 2008
The Great Daylight 1972 Fireball en.wikipedia.org This is footage from early 70's of a meteor passing over Alberta Canada.... Just to clarify, the host is talking about a "meteorite" actually its a meteor because it didn't hit the earth's surface. Meteor = fragments that pass through the Earth's atmosphere, heated to incandescence by friction. Meteorite = Meteor that strikes the earth ...from Understanding the Earth Series www.youtube.com
Meteoor over Nederland, foto's uit groningen, 13 oktober 2009. Fotograaf Robert Mikaelyan Meteor over Netherlands, pictures from Groningen, October 13, 2009. Photographer Robert Mikaelyan
A large ball of fire streaking across the night time skies just after midnight had many Utahn's wondering what they saw early Wednesday morning. Dozens of calls came with people wondering if they saw a shooting star, others wondered if it was the end of the world, military testing, or even a UFO. People from Mona to Spanish Fork from Ogden to Bountiful all calling in a very similar sighting More... To many, it looked like a large fall of fire, lightning up the sky, some say like daylight, others reported a blue like light that lasted for about 30 seconds. And many reported hearing a boom about 5 minutes later. Utah's NASA and Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said that it was a meteor also known as a bolide. From his observatory near Stansbury Park he says the break up of the meteor occured at about 240 to 250 degrees azimuth which puts it just north of southwest. He also heard the sound of an explosion that would put the breakup of the bolide about 100 km in that direction placing it high above Granite Peak in the west desert.
Watching the yearly Perseid Meteor Shower from the 3rd floor of my hotel in Charlotte, NC. Behold amazing video footage of shooting stars and an occasional lulz! NEVER MISS A NEW VIDEO: Twitter: www.twitter.com Facebook: tiny.cc Dailybooth: dailybooth.com XBOX Live Gamertag: "ReallyRick"
Howard County, Iowa Deputy Tim Beckman captures this video of a fireball streaking over the Iowa sky on Wednesday, April 15th, 2010
Determining where it landed is tricky as the potential arc is from Central America to East Africa.
The most likely impact location of the object was just off the coast of West Africa.
Even so, Nasa say it is unlikely the asteroid survived entry intact as it was comparable in size to asteroid 2008 TC3, which was about 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters).2008 TC3 completely broke up over northern Sudan in October 2008 and is the only other example of an asteroid be spotted before entry.