Space debris to crash into Indian Ocean on Nov 13

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Apollo Mission
The Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 spaceflight is launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969 in this handout photo courtesy of NASA. Space enthusiast and entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has found the rocket motors used to send the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon and plans to mount a recovery expedition soon, the CEO and founder reported on a blog post. The five F-1 engines were fired up on July 16, 1969, sending the massive Saturn 5 rocket on its way to the moon. The motors burned out a few minutes after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center and tumbled into the Atlantic Ocean. Reuters/NASA

The next three weeks are interesting times for amateur and professional skygazers with at least two events that would have astronomers using their telescopes more often.

On Nov 13, a space junk measuring between one and two metres will enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Space debris WT1190F is expected to crash in the morning into the Indian Ocean, south of Sri Lanka, reports Metro.

What would fall would be just the bits that do not burn up when it enters the planet’s atmosphere. It is believed to be from an Apollo mission. It was first spotted in February 2013, lost for several times and was rediscovered in early October.

Scientists would be able to know what it is, amid speculations that the debris could be a fuel tank. However, Metro notes that the debris’ name, when the numbers are taken out, spells WTF which is how many people puzzled by the junk are likely saying about the “lost piece of space history” that is returning to haunt the planet.

On Oct 31, Halloween Day, Asteroid 2015 TB145 would fly near Earth at a very close distance. It is the size of a football stadium but would not be visible to the naked eye. While scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, have ruled out the possibility that this asteroid would threaten life on Earth, they are hoping it would fly close enough to give them a chance to observe the asteroid in greater detail, reports Dispatch Times.

Scientists discovered TB145 only on Oct 10, using the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii that is part of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observation Program. It is estimated to pass within 480,000 kilometres of Earth with a diameter between 918 and 2,034 feet.

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