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LeoLabs, Inc. @LeoLabs_Space · 19h Replying to @LeoLabs_Space 2/ On Jan 29 at 23:39:35 UTC, these two objects will pass close by one another at a relative velocity of 14.7 km/s (900km directly above Pittsburgh, PA). Our latest metrics on the event show a predicted miss distance of between 15-30 meters.
By: Matt Simmons Updated: January 28, 2020 - 10:29 AM PITTSBURGH — A company in California that tracks low earth orbit satellites and debris is warning of a potential collision that could happen Wednesday evening at 6:39 p.m., 560 miles over Pittsburgh. LeoLabs’ released the information Monday, which showed overlapping tracks between a decommissioned space telescope and an experimental government payload
The older satellite, known as GGSE-4, was launched in 1967 by the U.S. military from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It is quite small and weighs only 10 pounds, but is reported to be attached to a larger satellite, only recently declassified, called Poppy 5. Poppy 5 has 18-meter-long booms and an additional weight of 187 pounds, according to astronomer Jonathan McDowell.
If they are predicted to miss by 15-30m, that's not a collision but that's a possibility, if not it will be a close call.
originally posted by: M4nWithNoN4me
If you have a cousin who could help us to understand the likelihood of this satellite collision, the factors that created the conditions for it to happen, the possible consequences of said collision, and any other intelligent and informed info, plz post it back here in a reply!
Based on a data archive, each miniature sphere in this image represents an existing object orbiting in space. There are around 22,000 objects in orbit that are big enough for officials on the ground to track
originally posted by: JIMC5499
a reply to: Bigburgh
I live about 30 miles North of Pittsburgh. I'm getting out the binoculars, popping popcorn and putting some beer on ice. According to the weather it is supposed to clear up tomorrow.