Breaking: Two large objects orbiting the earth could crash anywhere over the east coast of Australia or New Zealand, has been warned.
Research agencies tracking threats from space debris and the orbits of human space debris said two “defunct objects in LEO (lower Earth orbit)” could potentially collide somewhere over the Tasman Sea.
Leo Labs Space, an organization tracking space debris and collision avoidance services for space agencies and governments, said the objects could collide anywhere in the southern hemisphere – with a likely location over New Zealand or towards eastern Australia.
There was a 1% to 20% probability of such an event at an altitude of 991 km above the earth.
The combined mass of the two objects is 2,800 kg.
The collision could occur sometime in the next 48 hours, the team suggested.
Ed Lu, an American physicist and former NASA astronaut, said, “This is a potentially serious event. It is located between two large objects at a great height. When a collision occurs, there is a lot of debris that remains in orbit for a long time. ”
There’s more to come.
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