Amazing feat in 2.6 seconds… Big revelation on the asteroid that hit the Earth

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New Delhi. It is claimed that there are millions of asteroids in space, some of which can also collide with the Earth. In January this year also, a meteorite collided with the Earth. Scientists have now revealed that this meteorite, which crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere at the beginning of the year, was one of the fastest known meteorites to spin on its place. This meteorite completes one rotation in just 2.6 seconds.

This meteorite was named 2024 BX1. It is more than a meter wide. Scientists said that on January 21, this meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere and its pieces fell over Berlin and Germany. Some pieces survived the fireball and were later recovered. According to the news of Vion, scientists say that this incident comes in the category of rare. Where scientists were able to detect the fall of the meteorite and see the celestial rock before entering the Earth’s atmosphere. In such a situation, this meteorite was seen just three hours before entering the Earth’s atmosphere. Maxime Devogele and his colleagues at the European Space Agency’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Center in Italy saw and captured pictures of the asteroid before the impact.

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The meteorite was moving at a speed of 50 thousand KM/H
This meteorite was rotating at a speed of about 50,000 kilometers per hour. Its shape is said to be elongated, which means that its brightness was changing due to rotation. Such changes in brightness corresponded to a rotation time of 2.588 seconds. It rotates about 30,000 times per day. Devogele said, “This is the fastest spinning meteorite ever.”

Amazing feat in 2.6 seconds… Shocking revelation on the 'spin' asteroid that hit the Earth, scientists are also surprised

Such meteorites rotate faster due to internal force
Asteroids are known to spin for a variety of reasons, one of which is collisions they may have suffered earlier in their lives. Typically space rocks larger than a kilometer across cannot spin more than once every 2.2 hours because they will break up. However, smaller asteroids like 2024 BX1 can withstand much faster spins because they are more compact. “They have internal strength, so they can spin faster,” Devogele said.

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