A small, newly-discovered asteroid named 2008 TC3 is approaching Earth and chances are good that it will hit. Measuring only a few meters across, the space rock poses no threat to people or structures on the ground, but it should create a spectacular fireball, releasing about a kiloton of energy as it disintegrates and explodes in the high atmosphere above northern Sudan. However, it should be noted that the asteroid has just been discovered. Had it beenthirty meters across instead of three, it would have been acatastrophe, and one with very little warning.
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