Astronomers are dumbfounded by a piece of mysterious space junk that’s orbiting the Earth.
The debris, spotted just 600 km (373 miles) above the Earth’s surface, is believed to be what’s known as an ’empty trash bag object.’
It’s believed to be leftover debris from a rocket launch, but scientists aren’t sure which rocket launch it came from.
Empty trash bag objects, or ETBOs, tend to have unpredictable orbit patterns.
They stretch several meters across, but have a mass of less than one kilogram.
The scientists say this artificial satellite is likely nothing more than a piece of light material, such as metallic foil, left behind from a rocket launch.
It was first spotted by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii, on Friday.
Astronomers at the Northolt Branch Observatories in London further analyzed the object to judge it’s likely an ETBO.
Northolt Branch Observatories is now referring to the Earth satellite as ‘A10bMLz.’
The object is ‘extremely light-weight’ but is also several meters across.