Among the heavenly bodies in outer space, we have planets, stars, moons, asteroids, satellites, and... a bag full of wrenches and screwdrivers?
Well, thanks to a clumsy astronaut, a bag full of hand tools is now floating around Earth along with all the other extraterrestrial space stuff.
While on a spacewalk at the International Space Station to do repairs, the astronauts got a case of the butterfingers and let slip the bag full of tools they were going to use on their mission.
The tool bag is now orbiting our planet just ahead of the ISS with a visual magnitude of around 6, according to EarthSky. That means it is slightly less bright than the ice giant Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. As a result, the bag — officially known as a crew lock bag — is slightly too dim to be visible to the unaided eye, but skywatchers should be able to pick it up with binoculars.
Yeah, the brightness of this tool bag, and the fact that it just stands out in the sky, make it to where you could pick it out orbiting Earth with a good pair of binocs!
Here's a real photo of the tool bag that's leading the ISS through our planet's orbit, provided by NASA.
So, if you see a man gazing up at the sky with binocs later today, you'll know just what he's looking for!
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