Mystery Space Junk to Strike Earth on Friday the 13th

NASA is tracking its descent
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2015 5:20 PM CDT
Mystery Object to Strike Earth on Friday the 13th
Omaha photographer Lane Hickenbottom photographs the night sky in a pasture near Callaway, Neb. on Wednesday night, July 23, 2014.    (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

(Newser) – An unknown object is falling from the sky—WTF?? Actually, astronomers refer to it as WT1190F and say it's destined to strike Earth on Friday the 13th next month, CBS San Francisco reports. Bill Gray, an expert at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., says the unknown piece of space junk will land in the Indian Ocean not far from Sri Lanka.

The object appears to be three to six feet long and has likely been orbiting way beyond the moon for a while now, Nature reports. It may be paneling or a used rocket stage from a recent trip to the moon, or could date back as far as the Apollo flights. Gray predicts it will burn up before landing, but adds that "I would not necessarily want to be going fishing directly underneath it." (Read more outer space stories.)

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