Chinese space debris put on a spectacular light show over central Queensland when it reentered the atmosphere on Thursday night.
The late Long March 3B rocket â ???? is used by the Chinese company Beidou to launch a GPS satellite on November 4, 2019. resembled three meteorites when they dissolved in the sky around 10:30 p.m.
The display sparked a variety of social media activity. Posters shared pictures and videos from the Capricorn and Fraser Coast regions.
Several units from Blackwater, Duaringa and Yeppoon reported seeing a fireball in the sky that broke into three pieces. said a social media user.
Jonti Horner, professor of astrophysics at the University of Queensland, said the debris came in at 7 km / s, which is a very high speed but did not have much of an impact.
On a global scale, space debris is falling from the sky more often than you think in Australia. Most of the things we start are closer to the equator. he said.
It would all have blown up. Very little would have made it to the ground. “
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