For the fifth time ever a small asteroid was discovered before it hit Earth
on 11 March 2022. It was predicted to enter Earth's atmosphere about 90 km south of the Norwegian island Jan Mayen situated north of Iceland, but this prediction was made less than an hour before the fact. Its size has been estimated to be around 1 meter in diameter to a few meters.
This is a remote area, but the very few Norwegians manning the station (meteorological and military personell) did observe it despite foggy conditions. Due to the weather conditions, they could only see the flash of light when the night became as day for a few seconds
. It was also recorded on video.
Amongst the meteor cameras that we have in Norway, there are cameras that I recently added near the summit of mountain in southern Norway. From this location the event could have been visible due to the lack of nearby mountains, though nearly 1500 km away it would be a stretch. The weather conditions were perfect, but unfortunately, the summit itself was blocking the view in the exact direction of Jan Mayen (image below taken around the time of the impact showing the conditions and view). In the other directions the horizon is mainly defined by the curvature of Earth and a large meteor 1000 km away would be easily visible. At nearly 1500 km distance and this altitude, an object needs to be at least 135 km above ground to be visible, not correcting for refraction. At that altitude meteors are faint or invisible unless very fast, but with refraction I wouldn't rule out that something could have been visible. But, we'll never know for sure. This was a near miss of getting some unique pictures. It would have been amazing to have detected a meteor at such distance. It would have been a record hard to beat.