Keen-eyed astronomers based in Hawaii have spotted what can only be described as a “trash bag” UFO orbiting the Earth in a rather unusual fashion.
A10bMLz: An "empty trash bag object"A10bMLz is an Earth satellite, first observed at ATLAS-HKO, Haleakala on January 25th. It is orbiting the Earth in an unusual, retrograde orbit (i=121°), at an average distance of 262,000 km (0.68 lunar distances). The orbit is highly elliptical, with a perigee just 600 km above the Earth's surface, and an apogee 1.4 times as far out as the Moon. At the time of our observations, A10bMLz was 293,000 km from Earth.The available data shows that this object has an extremely high area-to-mass ratio of 35 m²/kg, indicating that it is extremely light-weight (with a mass of less than 1 kg), but several metres across. This suggests that it is what is known as an "empty trash bag object": A piece of light material (probably metallic foil), left over from a rocket launch. It is not clear yet when A10bMLz has been launched.The small mass makes A10bMLz susceptible to solar radiation pressure, changing its orbit chaotically on time scales of days to weeks. As a result, it is currently impossible to reliably predict its future trajectory. It is possible that A10bMLz will reenter Earth's atmosphere within a few months."Empty trash bags" have been found previously, but this is the first one in such a distant orbit.Northolt Branch ObservatoriesQhyccd
Posted by Northolt Branch Observatories on Saturday, January 26, 2019