This Friday is said to be the most unluckiest day of the year and now, it gets even better because scientists say that space junk will come crashing down on us this Friday the 13th. It will crash around 1:30 PM in the Indian Ocean, near the coast of Sri Lanka.
Debates concerning what the object, called WTF1190F, is are still occurring right now with ideas ranging from the left over upper stage rocket from one of our rocket ships to something even older than that. The object is about 3 to 6 feet long and it’s completely hollow on the inside, so the worry that it will cause severe damage to our planet goes out the window immediately. It will most likely burn up in our atmosphere due to the intense heat caused by the friction that occurs when re-entering.
One of the main reasons this event is held into such high regard is that it allows us to better plan for an event in case that an asteroid comes tumbling towards earth. Scientists already have planned the trajectory that the object since 2013 when the orbit on which it stood on started to slowly decrease, making it possible for a re-entry phenomenon to occur.
Another problem that WT1190F poses is that we have tons and tons of space junk that is currently orbiting around us, ranging from discarded rocket parts left over from our different space faring endeavors to broken satellites. This junk is rapidly orbiting around us and it will eventually plunge back from whence it came. This can be solved by breaking up the big chunks of junk into smaller ones and let our powerful atmosphere and stratosphere take care of the rest, burning it until there is nothing left to hit our earth.
Some people might be misguided when thinking that this is an alien UFO. True, it is an unidentified flying object, but due to its length and its structure, scientists say that the probability of WT1190F being a man-made rocket, even dating back to the Apollo 13 mission, is almost 100%. The problem is that, due to its trajectory leading into the Indian Ocean, we might never know what it actually is, unless we can capture images during re-entry, before it plunges down into the watery abyss.
It’s safe to say that WT1190F couldn’t have picked a better day, the space junk will come crashing down on us on Friday the 13th. Let’s hope that if it is alien in origin, Jason Voorhees will take care of them with his trusty machete and sky mask, just like in the aptly named Friday the 13th movie.