Artificial object in trans-lunar orbit will impact Earth Nov 13

From: Marco Langbroek via Seesat-l <seesat-l_at_satobs.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:26:18 +0200
Hi all,

An unusual re-entry is in store for Nov 13.

Object WT1190F discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey (a Near Earth Asteroid 
survey) on Oct 3, and (as it turns out) observed earlier in 2013 and 2012, is 
predicted to impact Earth near 6:19 UT on Nov 13, south of Sri Lanka near lat 
5.625 N lon 81.452 E.

This object is not an asteroid but an artificial object in a trans-Lunar, 
earth-centered orbit with perigee currently at 5732 km and apogee at 607 773 km 
(1.6 Lunar Distance).

It is currently not known from what launch this object is, but orbit and orbital 
behaviour clearly affected by SRP point out it is artificial, i.e. it is a 
rocket stage of a Lunar or interplanetary mission.

more info here:

http://neo.ssa.esa.int/

...and in this pseudo-MPEC by Bill Gray:

http://projectpluto.com/temp/mpec7.htm

- Marco


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