Massive piece of space debris WT1190F is on collision course with Earth
It’s not a catchy name, but a piece of space debris called WT1190F is on a collision course with Earth.
The unidentified piece of junk is between one and two metres in length, ready to enter earth’s atmosphere on November 13.
It’s expected to fall thorough our skies at 6.19am to the south of Sri Lanka, with any bits that don’t burn up upon entry crashing into the Indian Ocean.
The junk – which could actually be from an Apollo mission – has a rather ironic name… take out the numbers and you’re left with the same question that scientists are currently trying to answer: WTF?
Some think it may be hollow – a fuel tank or some such – or of low density while others can’t wait for it to arrive so that they can carry out observations.
The object was first spotted in February 2013 but it’s been lost a couple of times, only to be re-discovered earlier this month.
Johnathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said it was ‘a lost piece of space history that’s come back to haunt us.’