On 13 November, which fittingly falls on a Friday this time around, a piece of space debris will crash into Earth. The mysterious man-made object, which experts believe is the remnants of one of the Apollo missions, will hurtle into the Indian Ocean about 65km off the southern tip of Sri Lanka at 6.15am local time.
The object, which has been given the name WT1190F – which leaves you with the letters WTF if the numbers are taken away, giving an indication of its mysteriousness – won’t be a problem to mankind however, as it will either hit the sea, or breakup upon entry to the atmosphere. Nonetheless, Bill Gray, who has been tracking the debris with Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, quipped: “I would not necessarily want to be going fishing directly underneath it,” according to scientific news outlet Nature.
However, it has piqued the interest of scientists, who will be using the opportunity to examine how the atmosphere interacts with re-entering objects. As a result, experts will be observing it and the public will also get to enjoy the rare event, courtesy of Slooh.
The online observatory will be hosting a live broadcast of the event, which you can watch here.