Wreckage of a rocket ship fell to Earth this week, shocking observers on the ground.
Parts of the rocket were recovered in the West Indies.
A video posted on Reddit shows the debris cutting across the sky.
The Redditor claims that his video is firsthand and that they are in the city where the explosion was seen.
Another Reddit user referred the original poster to an expert who posted some replies about space junk on Twitter.
Jonathan McDowell, astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics tweeted “I believe this is the re-entry of a Chinese rocket stage…it was expected to re-enter in the next hour or so and the track fits nicely.”
A piece of debris weighed over 90 pounds – fortunately there were no injuries.
The increasing popularity of space travel means there will be more space debris.
Countries are blaming each other for space pollution and creating a situation where a collision is likely – and the Indian space program conducted a shoddy rocket test that would be the cosmic equivalent of littering.
But it’s Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites that are making most of the close calls in space.
NASA and the United States Space Force have a network of sensors that scan the sky and keep track of all 27,000 pieces of space junk in Earth orbit.
Objects in Earth’s orbit travel at over 17,000 miles per hour — fast enough that even a small piece could collide with a satellite or spacecraft and it could cause serious damage.
Scientists have pondered the threat that space debris poses to life on Earth and our dreams of space travel.
Kessler Syndrome is a theory that Earth’s orbit will become so crowded that debris will just keep colliding, creating an increasingly difficult-to-manage field of space debris around our planet.
The incident in India also raises an interesting ethical question about accountability for space debris.
Is space subject to the laws written on Earth? Time will tell how space will be visited more often.
This story originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.
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