Space debris (also known as "orbital debris", "space junk", or "space waste") is the collection of defunct objects in orbit around Earth and includes everything from spent rocket stages, old satellites, fragments from disintegration, erosion, and collisions.

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At what size to objects burn up in the atmosphere when falling from orbit?

As the title suggests, I am wondering the maximum size an object can be so that it will completely burn up when entering and falling through earths atmosphere. I'm focusing on man made objects, not ...
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What is the probability of an astronomical body hitting you?

It appears that there is already a calculated ballpark for meteor fatalities, but what about other factors such as space trash, comets, and other miscellaneous items in space? Is it possible to ...