Unidentified Object Found Orbiting Earth in a Retrograde Orbit Takes Experts by Surprise
There’s a mysterious object orbiting our planet at around 373 miles above the surface, and scientists aren’t what it is.
The mysterious unidentified flying object was found to orbit Earth some 600 kilometers above the surface is dubbed by experts as an ’empty trash bag object,’ mostly because it is extremely light.
While it still remains unclear as to what exactly the object is, experts suggest it may be leftover debris from a rocket lunch, but scientists are unsure which rocket launch it may have come from.
ETBOs or Empty Trash Bag Objects are known to have very unpredictable orbit patterns. They aren’t very big, and usually stretch a few meters cross, having a mass of a few kilometers.
The Strange object was first spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii a few days ago.
But even though it may be an ETBO, it was large enough to be spotted by the ATLAS Telescope.
UFO experts have raised a few eyebrows about the mystery satellite, saying that want scientists are offering us is nothing more than a theory.
Astronomers at the Northolt Branch Observatories in London further analyzed and called it A10bMLz.
The satellite is ‘extremely light-weight’ but it also has several meters across.
This tells us that it is what is known as an “empty trash bag object,”‘ Northolt Branch Observatories explained in a Facebook post
A10bMLz: An "empty trash bag object"A10bMLz is an Earth satellite, first observed at ATLAS-HKO, Haleakala on January…
They concluded that a “piece of light material (probably metallic foil), left over from a rocket launch. It is not clear yet when A10bMLz has been launched.”
However, there’s one puzzling fact about the mystery object: it is traveling in a retrograde orbit, instead of a prograde object.
“The observatory revealed that the object 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.”
ETBOs are nothing new, and hundreds of similar objects have been spotted by astronomers in the past.
However, A10bMLz surprised astronomers due to its very distant orbit, a statement from Northolt Branch Observatories revealed.
To further come to the bottom of the enigmatic satellite, Project Pluto, which develops planetarium software, analyzed the object’s orbit.
They revealed that the objects unpredictable orbit is the cause why astronomers still can’t figure out where it originated from.
At present, we have no idea as to the origin of this object,’ Project Pluto revealed.
“That’s mostly because its past trajectory is really uncertain. As with an empty trash bag blowing down the street, it may zig and zag in unpredictable ways.
“The retrograde orbit was originally very puzzling. Almost all artsats above low-earth orbit are in prograde orbits,” they concluded.