The sky is falling again Chicken Little, but this time it’s the WT1190F piece of space junk coming Earth’s way. So what is WT1190F? No one knows for sure, making this a pot luck mystery until this space junk collides into Earth on November 13, which is Friday the 13th!
According to MSN News on October 28 what is known about the object isn’t much, but it was first eyed orbiting the Earth in 2013. This larger object is believed to be man-made space litter and it’s in an odd orbit. The object has been in an orbit around the Earth twice as far as the Earth-moon distance, which is “very strange for space junk.”
The Canada Journal today has deemed this a UFO coming to Earth because technically scientist can’t identify the object, making this a UFO as far as the definition goes. “A UFO is any unidentified flying object, not just one of suspected alien or supernatural origins,” the Canada Journal reports.
This mysterious object is due to come down somewhere off the coast of Sri Lanka if the scientists calculations ring true. This means that it shouldn’t pose a threat to anyone “unless you are deep sea fishing directly beneath where astronomers predict it will fall,” suggests MSN News.
Theories surrounding this mystery object include a “ghost of space past” in the form of a long-lost trashed rocket stage from one of yesteryear’s Apollo missions. If this is the case, this is a significant piece of history coming right back at us!
If it is from one of the Apollo missions that would make this object “a lost piece of space history that’s come back to haunt us,” suggests Jonathan McDowell, who is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. It sounds as if there’s added excitement to this Earth collision because the object is unknown this time around. There’s been enough old satellites falling to Earth, making that old hat!
With NASA reporting 500,000 pieces of space junk flying around the Earth today, this probably won’t be the last time the sky is falling! These objects reach speeds of up to 17,500 mph and just a minuscule speck of paint coming off an object could do some serious damage to a spacecraft. So it sounds like it is safer here on Earth than it is for the astronauts in space.
When WT1190F makes its entrance to the Earth’s atmosphere, scientists believe some of it will burn up, but because it so large there should be some pieces that make it through. The scientists are hoping to identify this object by its surviving pieces once it makes it back to Earth, solving this mystery.