Bolide of asteroid 2018 LA (ZLAF9B2) above Botswana on 2 June 2018 at ~18.49.17-23 local time (UTC+2)
Last update: 7 July 2018The bolide of asteroid 2018 LA
CCTV recording by Barend Swanepoel and Wikus van Zyl recorded from Swanepoel’s father’s or his father’s friend’s farm near location -26.743643, 26.223267 between Hartebeesfontein and Ottosdal, South Africa.Video from Randfontein, Gauteng (-26.1541°, 27.6800°)
Video of the bolide by B. Lombard. Camera location: -24.6459°, 25.8157°
CCTV recording of the bolide by O. Delport from camera location -26.7229°, 22.3395°CCTV camera of ‘Kuruman Radiators’ in Kuruman, South Africa at location -27.471877, 23.432932 (time is wrong). Video: Christian Matthys Grobler The bolide from camera location -24.6225°, 25.9158° in Gaborone Botswana. Photo: Dhiraj Sharma
The Apollo NEO 2018 LA / ZLAF9B2 was discovered at 8:14 UTC by the Mount Lemmon Survey (MLS)/Catalina Sky Survey, 8.5 hours prior to impact.
Orbit data of 2018 LA (JPL Small-Body Database)
Bill Gray’s Pseudo-MPEC for ZLAF9B2.
Dhiraj S provided this AMS observation report about his sighting from location (24°37’21”S, 25°54’57”E) in Gaborone in the South-East District of Botswana at 16:44 UTC.
Peter Brown reports a “strong infrasound detection of a bolide at station I47 in South Africa today at 1730 UT. Origin time between 1645-17 UT over Botswana. Yield 0.3-0.5 kT, corresponding to 2m diameter asteroid.”