November 26, 2008
Astronomers hope to see orbiting tool bag
British amateur astronomers say they have a new challenge -- spotting an astronaut's lost tool bag orbiting the Earth, to be visible until early next month.
The backpack-sized object was lost by astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper during a space walk last week and should be visible from Britain with a reasonably strong telescope or pair of binoculars through the first days of December, astronomers told The Times of London.
It's fascinating seeing something that is tiny and has been thrown overboard, Robin Scagell of the Society for Popular Astronomy told The Times.
It's totally different from anything up in the sky. You can't learn anything from it but there is the fascination of knowing what it is and seeing it with your own eyes.