Meteoroid expected to safely strike Earth's atmosphere Sunday evening over France

Around 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday night, a tiny meteorite measuring about one metre in length is anticipated to safely enter Earth's atmosphere over northern France.

According to the International Meteor Organization, the meteorite, known as Sar2667, will enter the atmosphere near Rouen,

France, and should be visible throughout Belgium, the Netherlands, northern France, and southern England.

Only seven asteroid collisions have been predicted by astronomers, a tendency the ESA attributes to "rapid breakthroughs in worldwide asteroid detection capacity."

Asteroid 2022 WJ1, which lit up the skies over Toronto, Canada, on November 19, 2022,

was the last one to be discovered before it entered the atmosphere of the planet.

Every several weeks, small meteoroids like Sar2667 impact Earth, although they pose little threat to the planet.

More than 1.1 million asteroids are currently known to astronomers, with roughly 30,600 of those being classified as

near-Earth asteroids because of how closely their orbits approach our planet.

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