Detecting asteroids and debris in space
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) describes how experts monitor debris and asteroids in space.
The Flyeye telescope was developed to scan the sky and split it into 16 smaller images to get a better view of asteroids. The technology allows scientists to examine the composition and orbit of a space rock to determine if it poses a threat to the Earth.
Since 1957, debris has been accumulating in space in the form of leftover rocket parts and abandoned satellites. The ESA’s Space Debris Office is constantly monitoring these objects to keep them from colliding with a spacecraft.
Video Credit: European Space Agency