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Russian military satellite to impact Earth today

by William W. on February 16, 2014

A 3 ton decommissioned Soviet military satellite is in an uncontrolled descent and surviving fragments may hit Earth, according to a Russian aerospace defense official.

Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said the Soviet military is actively monitoring the satellite and said that it will impact on Sunday.

“As of February 7, 2014 the fragments are expected to fall on February 16. The exact impact time and location of the fragments from the Kosmos-1220 satellite may change due to external factors,” Zolotukhin said.

The satellite could impact nearly any point on Earth’s surface, including populated areas due to orbiting in a high-inclination orbit.

Astronomy magazine editor David Eicher states, “Much of it will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, but no doubt fragments of Kosmos-1220 will reach Earth”

“What we have going for us is that most of the planet is covered with water, and highly populated areas are in the minority of our planet’s surface area. So it is unlikely that satellite debris will cause injuries or major damage. Still, with such a re-entry, we are playing the odds.”

He also said, “This is a very real danger, given that a decaying orbit will carry this satellite down onto the planet”.

For more information and to track the satellite in real time please visit here .

Sources: Independent , RIA

William W.
I am an amateur astronomer with a focus on astrophotography and deep space objects. I have 15+ years in the web publishing business and over 20 years as a space enthusiast. I enjoy reading and writing about the amazing discoveries of brilliant scientists and engineers.
 
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