If you want to cast your eyes to the sky tonight, you might just spot a tool bag swinging around in Earth’s orbit.
The tool kit was launched by NASA astronauts during a spacewalk off the International Space Station (ISS) three weeks ago.
Astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara accidentally let go of the bag while making repairs to the aging space post during a nearly seven-hour spacewalk Nov. 1.
Since the astronauts lost control of them, these tools have literally traveled around the world at about 17,000 miles per hour.
Just days after its loss, the bag was photographed by Japanese ISS resident Satoshi Furukawa as he flew over Mount Fuji.
The kit is now being monitored by the US Space Force as a new orbital object – or space debris.
Where and how can I see it?
Although the bag is small, it is highly reflective.
However, you will need binoculars or a telescope to spot it.
It will be visible in parts of the UK this evening (November 21), such as South Wales, the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire in the early evening.
It is later expected to move directly over north London and across the east coast.
Depending on the weather, people in the south of the UK have the highest chance of seeing the bag between 6.24pm and 6.34pm.
However, according to reports, the best time to search is November 24th between 5:30 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.
According to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard Center for Astrophysics, the bag is not in a stable orbit – so it won’t be visible to humans forever.
It is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up completely in a few months.
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