Last Night’s ‘Meteor’ Was Probably A Russian Spacecraft Falling Back To Earth

Last Night’s ‘Meteor’ Was Probably A Russian Spacecraft Falling Back To Earth

By Luke Hopewell

While nobody is really sure where the piece of space junk landed, Dr Duffy says that some farmers might get a scientific surprise in the next week or so. “The more solid metal pieces of the Soyuz rocket may have survived and fallen in North NSW / South QLD but the smallest gust of wind as it falls can send these pieces off by many kilometres making it unlikely we’ll ever know where this ended up.

Eyewitnesses of the falling object reported seeing it moving slowly which, according to Dr Duffy, meant that it was more likely to be a piece of space junk rather than a piece of space rock. “It was tracking slowly across the sky suggesting it was still high up, in the same way planes high above seem to move more slowly than those close to the ground, as well as not moving fast enough to stay in orbit.

According to Dr Alan Duffy from Swinburne University, it was most likely a bit of Russian space junk re-entering the atmosphere over Australia.

Read more here: Gizmodo

    

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