Mysterious Space Junk Will Crash Into Earth Next Month

Posted: Oct 27 2015, 6:55am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 27 2015, 9:07pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Mysterious Space Junk Will Crash Back into Earth Next Month
Credit: Johannes Gerhardus Swanepoel

Artificial object named WT1190F will plunge to Earth on November 13.

A strange piece of space junk is hurtling towards Earth. 

Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) have found that mysterious space junk will crash into the Indian Ocean on November 13, but fortunately it will not create any devastating impact.

The lost piece of debris, which is called WT1190F, has been recently detected by a space telescope earlier this month and it was orbiting far beyond the Moon. Scientists were initially amazed to see this weird body but after watching it closely they realized that it is an artificial object “a lost piece of space history that’s come back to haunt us.”

The object is only 7 feet (2 meters) long and appears to be hollow and low in density. It could be a piece of rocket from any previous space mission like the one seen orbiting the Earth in 2002 and was identified as the trash of Saturn V Rocket but currently scientists are not sure exactly where WT1190F come from. 

Calculations indicate that the object will dive through the earth atmosphere and hit the ocean at 6: 20 UTC about 65 kilometers off the southern tip of Sri Lanka. It is highly likely that most of the junk will burn as soon as it enters Earth atmosphere though it is not advisable to have your boat directly underneath during the event.

Scientists are eagerly awaiting the arrival of cosmic debris and have planned an observing campaign to watch it plunging to Earth. It will help astronomers to prepare for the time when some potentially dangerous object, which can cause threat to the Earth, will show up.

WT1190F is a rare breed of space object and scientists suspect that there could be many more zooming around Earth and Moon. So far, it’s the only known to make a return to the earth.

The full study can be read here.

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