Many space debris revolves around the Earth, including non-operational satellites.
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A strange object spinning around the earth reminds astronomers of an empty garbage bag.
An unusual satellite moves across the planet in an almost absurd ellipse, dropping nearly 372.8 miles (600 kilometers) from the surface, and then deviating to 334,460 miles (538,261 km), or 1.4 times the average distance. Earth to the moon.
According to the Northolt Branch Observatories in London, the object is a light piece of material remaining after the launch of the rocket. What he will do next, no one knows. [How Much Space Junk Hits Earth?]
Unusual object in orbit
According to the observatories, the Haleakala Observatory (ATLAS-HKO) in Hawaii was the first to discover the object. The observatory is tasked with detecting near-Earth objects to warn of dangerous pieces that could affect the planet. This particular object is not dangerous, but it is strange.
Scientists dubbed it A10bMLz. According to the Northolta Branch Observatories, this is what is known as an “empty object for a garbage bag”. This means that it is large enough to be noticed, but very light. Scientists from the London Observatory calculated that the A10bMLz is a few meters wide, but weighs less than 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram).
Most likely, they wrote on the Facebook observatory page that the object is a piece of metal foil dropped into space during the launch of the rocket. It is not clear when the A10bMLz went into orbit or what kind of rocket took it into space.
The Northolt Observatory reported that it was not the first empty object for the garbage bag, found in orbit, but it is probably the strangest. No other "empty garbage bag" has been seen in orbit so far. Its current strange orbit is unlikely to be constant. The Northolt branch reported that the object has such a small mass that photons emanating from the Sun can easily move it. For this reason, its orbit is likely to change frequently in unpredictable ways. It may even return to Earth’s atmosphere and burn out in the coming months.
Earth's orbit is full of space junk. According to NASA, about 500,000 individual debris circulate throughout the planet, and about 50,000 of the largest of them are tracked by the space agency and the US Department of Defense. According to the National Satellite Information, Data and Information Service of the National Agency for the Environment and Environment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between 200 and 400 space debris are released into the atmosphere. Most of this garbage burns before it hits the surface of the planet.
Researchers reported last year that two clouds of cosmic dust, called Kordilevsky clouds, can also rotate around the Earth.
Originally posted on Living Science,