Brits warned to watch out for burning satellite zooming across skies

The UK Space Agency has told Brits to watch out for a burning satellite zooming across skies within the next few hours.

But they say there is little chance it will cause any damage when it re-enters the atmosphere.

Its progress will be closely watched by officials this afternoon before it eventually disintegrates.

The UK Space Agency tweeted: “A Starlink satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere earlier today, with a low chance it may burn up over the UK very shortly.

“We are monitoring its re-entry together with @DefenceHQ, and there is no expectation the re-entry will cause any damage.

“Due to the varying input data, natural forces and associated observation error, there are always high levels of uncertainty when performing re-entry predictions on any satellite.”

They added that – alongside the Ministry of Defence – they will continue to monitor its progress.

Jake Geer, the Head of Space Surveillance and Tracking at the UK Space Agency, says we may be able to see it burn as it returns from space.

“Today, a Starlink-1855 satellite re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere,” he announced.

“There is a chance it will re-enter over the UK, and you might be able to spot the satellite as it burns up.

“Starlink has a fantastic track record or orchestrating safe and reliable re-entries.

“We do not expect the return of the satellite to cause any damage.

“Still the UK Space Agency and the Ministry of Defence continually monitor and assess the re-entries of satellite and debris and any risk to British territories through our joined Space Surveillance and Tracking capabilities.”

They say they use sensors – usually radars – telescopes and laser-ranging systems to provide tracking data to reduce orbital hazards.

“The most dangerous events we track are collisions in space between objects,” the UK Space Agency state.

“But we also monitor and predict atmospheric re-entries of objects like this rocket body. In most re-entries nothing of the object survives to reach the ground as it burns up harmlessly in the atmosphere.”