The Mayak, a tiny Russian satellite, is expected to become the brightest star in the sky. It’s set to be launched aboard a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle on July 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Once in orbit, at approximately 370-miles high, it will unfold to a giant pyramid-shaped solar reflector that spans 170 square feet, and is claimed to be 20 times thinner than human hair. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“The satellite is expected to shine with a magnitude – a measure of brightness – of about -3.6, making it the fourth-brightest object in the sky after the Sun, the Moon and Venus. Other reports put it as a magnitude of -10, which would make it even brighter than Venus,” reports The NY Post.