24 Sep 2020.
Astrophysicists recently discovered a mysterious celestial body approaching our planet.
Experts have already managed to warn the public that the object does not pose any threat to the world’s population. Moreover, a moving body can act not as an aggressor, but as a … companion!
“The object will easily fall into the trap of our orbit, and turn into a kind of mini-moon in October,” said astrophysicists. – The approaching body has already been named 2020 SO. If that happens, it will turn out to be the third documented “mini-moon” in Earth’s orbit.
According to experts, like two other objects, 2020 SO will be identified as an asteroid.
“Nevertheless, there is evidence that the approaching body may be nothing more than an impressive piece of space debris,” the experts explained. – It was just that one day such a piece “decided” to go home.
According to preliminary data of scientists, such an ejected upper stage Centaurus, which separated from the Surveyer-2 descent vehicle, launched in 1966, can act as a conditional asteroid. The device was supposed to study the surface of the moon, but the mission ended in failure.
– The object is quite identical in size to the alleged cosmic debris, but much slower than a classical asteroid, added astrophysicists.
According to space archaeologist Alice Gorman, the modest speed of an approaching object is a reflection of its original speed, which served as a starting point for creating a similar version of the “debris” nature of the body.
“It is simply impossible to track the entire garbage space,” said the experts. – Its volumes over the past decades are too large. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that something is trying to fly back.
Formerly LIVE24 reported that in order to destroy space debris in Japan, a satellite is being developed. Japanese scientists intend to develop a space satellite that will use a laser to destroy small debris from the feet of rockets and other debris in near-earth orbit. The project will be implemented by the Japan Aerospace Research Agency. According to preliminary data, the device should act on the debris with a laser beam and then throw it into the atmosphere for subsequent combustion. The satellite is planned to be launched in three years.