Watch simulation of ROSAT satellite death spiral (video)

The remains of the German satellite ROSAT are predicted to crash into Earth this weekend, including its 1.7 ton heat-resistant mirror.

If you have difficulty picturing this process, Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) has come to the rescue. AGI has created a highly instructive visualization of the satellite’s re-entry which expertly simulates ROSAT’s current orbit, its descent, the burn-up as it clashes with the Earth’s atmosphere, the remnant debris and the debris path.

Watch here...

ANALYTICAL GRAPHICS, INC. (AGI blog)

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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