Two massive pieces of space debris could collide tonight
Two massive pieces of space debris could collide tonight, says the LeoLabs inc. The two objects are a discarded Russian satellite and a Chinese rocket. These two have combined weights around 2800 kilograms. The two objects are due to meet 991 kilometres above the Wedell Sea of Antarctic Peninsula.
We are monitoring a very high risk conjunction between two large defunct objects in LEO. Multiple data points show miss distance <25m and Pc between 1% and 20%. Combined mass of both objects is ~2,800kg.
Object 1: 19826
Object 2: 36123
TCA: Oct 16 00:56UTC
Event altitude: 991km pic.twitter.com/6yWDx7bziw
— LeoLabs, Inc. (@LeoLabs_Space) October 13, 2020
However this poses no risk to anyone on Earth, but the collision could result in much small debris, increasing space junk. Increasing of space junk is a difficulty for space travelling. Space junk also poses a threat to active satellites and the International space station (ISS). Space junk even made ISS make changes in its course to avoid collisions and these changes cost very high.