Space junk is on a collision course with Earth

A mysterious object named by scientists as WT1190F is expected to hit Earth on Friday the 13th. But researchers don’t currently have any idea what it is. Reportedly WT1190F will plunge to Earth from above the Indian Ocean about 65km off the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Scientists say its impact is accurately predicted. More unusual still, WT1190F was a ‘lost’ piece of space debris orbiting far beyond the Moon, ignored and unidentified, before being glimpsed by a telescope in early October. The object is only 1 to 2 meters in size, and its trajectory shows that it has a low density, and is perhaps hollow.

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