The space object named WT1190F, has a bunch of social media users attention for its peculiarly funny name and mysterious nature. Although it is still unidentified, it is predicted by scientists to plunge into the Indian Ocean on Friday the 13th next month.
Astronomers from the European Space Agency (ESA) clarified that the impact of the space object may pose little threat to anyone, and that studying the WT1190F even provides scientific opportunity to understand how space objects behave within the Earth’s atmosphere.
Dr. Tim Flohrer, head of ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Program office, explained that the space object is only a couple of inches in diameter, and that parts of it will completely burn up even before crashing into the planet. The mass of the space object is not enough to cause any danger, but the WT1190F’s crash-landing will be quite spectacular as its burning fragments brighten up in the sky.
Researchers from ESA say that the WT1190F is likely a man-made object from several lunar missions, or it may even be equipment from the Apollo space expedition.