At dawn on Wednesday (20), residents of several cities in the Midwest of United States of America spotted fireball in the sky. This time, it wasn’t a meteor, but a Russian spy satellite that burned up on its return to Earth.
More than 80 reports have been received by the American Meteor Society (AMS) about a fire scene from people in southern Tennessee and northern Michigan.
AMS has released footage captured by some of these observers, including the video below, taken by Chris Johnson, which shows the object making its way through the sky over the town of Fort Gratiot, Michigan.
According to Space’s website, the fireball caught on around 00:43 EDT (1:43 GMT) today, according to AMS, leaving little doubt as to its cause. This is because this is exactly the exact time that the Kosmos-2551 satellite passed through the area.
The Russian satellite failed shortly after launch
Kosmos-2551 is a reconnaissance satellite launched by Russia On the 9th of last month, which apparently failed shortly thereafter. The spacecraft has not adjusted its orbit since liftoff, according to astronomer and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell.
It is possible that the burning of Cosmos -2551 did not threaten anyone on Earth. McDowell said the satellite “should weigh only 500kg and no debris is expected to reach Earth.”
fireballs space junk, although amazing often, it is not particularly rare. Last year, for example, the re-entry of a Soyuz rocket’s third stage caused a spectacular show in the sky over parts of Australia during the launch of a Russian military satellite.
These accidents are becoming more and more common as humanity launches more and more satellites into orbit. This explosion of satellites worries many experts, who stress that measures are needed to ensure that the issue of space debris does not get out of hand.
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