Russia is set to launch potentially the brightest artificial object in the night sky, which could outshine everything except for the Moon, starting next month.
Mayak, a Russian CubeSat (a type of miniaturized satellite) will be fitted with solar reflectors. According to experts, if the miniature satellite is launched, it could have an apparent magnitude of -10, New Atlas reports whereas the Moon ranks between -13 and -12.
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A Russian team of aerospace engineers and enthusiasts are preparing to launch their 'Mayak' satellite into space aboard the Soyuz-2 rocket, where it will be the brightest "star" that shines above Earth.
The satellite itself is a standard cubesat around the size of a loaf of bread, but it's going to deploy a solar reflector that could make it one of the brightest objects in the sky. The post Russian Satellite Could Soon Be the Brigh...
Will we soon see a new bright "star" visiting our evening skies? The crowd-funded Mayak CubeSat was launched along with 72 other satellites aboard a Russian Soyuz Rocket on July 14, 2017.