June 25, 2019

Astronomy Video of the Week-Captured: the Reentry of WT1190F

Reentry of WT1190F.

Image credit: The International Astronomical Center

They caught it!

We recently wrote an article for Sky & Telescope magazine online discussing the mystery object WT1190F. This two metre-sized body reentered over the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka on November 13th, 2015, and a team from the SETI Institute and the International Astronomical Center in Dhabi managed to capture the event from the air. The feat required careful planning on the part of the observers, a modified Gulfstream 450 business jet, and luck that the weather and cloud cover cooperated. [Read more...]