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It's another satellite. It's very very high - range is 14,000 miles - getting close to geostationary. It's Glonass 2000-063A usspacecom catalog no 26564 launched in the year 2000. Because it has such a high orbit, it is much fainter and moving much more slowly than the lower orbiting satellites.
A small asteroid will make an extremely close pass by Earth Friday (Jan. 27), coming much nearer than the moon, but the space rock poses no danger of impacting our planet, NASA scientists say.
The newfound asteroid 2012 BX34, which is about the size of a city bus, will pass within 36,750 miles (59,044 kilometers) of Earth at about 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) Friday, astronomers with NASA's Asteroid Watch program announced via Twitter.
While the near-Earth asteroid won't hit Earth, it may offer seasoned amateur astronomers a great show — if they are in the right viewing location and have good equipment.
- It's actually not so easy to say what this is. By definition it is a UFO - an unidentified flying object, but that does not mean there are little green men visiting from other civilizations, he said to NRK.no.
There must be an object that is out of the atmosphere to light so much at this point, explaining Ødegaard.
Even if the photographer does not even think the light is a satellite, a possible explanation being a so-called LEO satellites ( Low Earth orbit ), which move in orbit outside the atmosphere.