Did you see flaming objects in the sky last night?
HAVE you witnessed flaming objects passing through the night sky?
Various sightings of meteors, fireballs and even alien crafts have been reported in the last few days.
Although some suggestions of what these unidentified flying objects actually are range from the possible to the surreal, not many people have guessed right.
However, the Grimsby Telegraph's special astronomy research team have come up with the answers.
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The flaming shapes are in fact space junk.
The likely origin of this falling rubbish is from broken satellites and pieces of rocket falling back to the earth.
Some of the wreckage may even be from China's anti-satellite test on January 11, 2007.
It was reported that that the Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy its aging Fengyun-1C weather satellite, which was orbiting more than 500 miles up and parts of that structure are now re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.
The anti-satellite test created more than 100,000 pieces of debris which is orbiting the planet, with about 2,600 of them more than 4 inches across.
According to the NASA orbital debris office, a total of 5,579 fragments have been cataloged by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network (SSN) — a worldwide network of space surveillance radar and optical telescopes, both military and civilian — to observe the objects and almost 5,000 of them still remain in orbit as of January. 2013.
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