PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Crisis averted.
On Wednesday night, the two satellites on a possible collision course over Pittsburgh did not collide, according to LeoLabs.READ MORE: Voter ID Is A Flashpoint In Pennsylvania Election Law Talks
“Thankfully our latest data following the event shows no evidence of new debris. To be sure, we will perform a further assessment upon the next pass of both objects over Kiwi Space Radar occurring later tonight,” LeoLabs said on Twitter.
Thankfully our latest data following the event shows no evidence of new debris. To be sure, we will perform a further assessment upon the next pass of both objects over Kiwi Space Radar occurring later tonight.
— LeoLabs, Inc. (@LeoLabs_Space) January 30, 2020
What started as a 1 in 100 chance increased to a 1 in 20 chance of a collision 900 km above Pittsburgh.READ MORE: Ohio Becomes Latest State To Propose Transgender Sports Ban
LeoLabs, which tracks space debris, first put out the alert along with a visualization of the event on Tuesday.
One satellite was roughly the size of a trash can, about 10 pounds.
The other was the size of a small car.
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“These are actual space ships that could collide in space. Sure they’re unmanned and they’ve been not operational for a while,” Ralph Crewe with Bulh Planetarium and Observatory, Carnegie Science Center told KDKA Tuesday.