The First Asteroid of 2014 Hit Earth!
Asteroid 2014 AA was a little less dramatic than this big guy.
Those who were anxiously awaiting the big arrival didn't have to wait long. Less than an hour into brand new 2014, Central Standard Time, Asteroid 2014 AA was spotted at the Catalina Sky Survey, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona streaking across the sky, according to a NASA release.
The asteroid, about two to three meters across, was followed by a couple of smaller asteroids as it showed up for the New Year's celebrations. (Note: If you were staring at the sky and inebriated at about this time and thought you were seeing things, it's slightly possible you were actually seeing outer space things. Maybe.)
The asteroid -- which was relatively small in the grand scheme of not-of-Earth objects -- probably hit the atmosphere and fell in an arc extending from Central America to East Africa. Scientists project it actually landed somewhere in West Africa between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday, so the world as we know it isn't entirely doomed to live out Armageddon or Deep Impact thanks to little Asteroid 2014 AA.
But the first asteroid of the year has (probably) hit. Now everyone who needed something to worry about can focus on when the next one, though we actually get hit by a lot of them over the course of a whirl around the sun, so there's only so much worrying that can be done. On the upside, enough of the Earth and main characters were destroyed in both Deep Impact and Armageddon movies so many years ago, that at least we don't have to worry about sequels.