Astronomers are puzzled by a mysterious piece of space garbage circling the Earth in an unusual way.
A fragment of debris, seen about 370 miles from the Earth's surface, is considered "empty"
It is believed to be the remains of a rocket launch – but the experts can not figure out which spacecraft it came from.
Empty garbage bags – also known as ETBOs – often move in non-standard ways, given their size and shape.
They can stretch about a dozen feet, but tend to be incredibly light, and this object weighs less than two pounds.
Scientists say that although they can not be sure what the subject is, it's probably just a piece of lightweight material, like a metal foil left from a space mission.
But heavenlies are sent into madness when they were spotted by the Asteroid Earth with Last Attention (ATLAS) telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii. 1
Here astronomers call the A10bMLz object and say it's "extremely light," but also about a dozen.
In a post on Facebook, Northolt Branch's Observatories explained: "This suggests what is known as the" empty garbage bag. "
" A piece of light material (probably metallic film) left from a rocket.
Astronomers were even more puzzled when they noticed that the object was going in the opposite direction than it should.
A10bMLz was moving in a "retrograde" way, scientists say. – instead of "progressive" fashion from the West to the East.
The Northolt Branch Observatories added: "The orbit is highly elliptical, with a perigee just 600 km (372 miles) above the Earth's surface and apogee 1.4 times farther than
This vast orbit – the first of its kind for ETBO – makes it even more difficult to identify the origin of the object.
"We have no idea of origin at the moment.
"This is mostly because his trajectory in the past is really uncertain." As in an empty garbage bag that blows up the street, it can bang in unpredictable ways. "
Pressure on the side Solar radiation is enough to send the light object in strange directions.
It may even burn in the atmosphere of the Earth for several months before the bumps come from where it comes from, added Northolt Branch Observatories