WT1190F is hurtling toward Earth, expected to reach us by November 13. No one is actually sure what this space object is. Some speculate that it’s manmade and not an asteroid because it appears to be hollow. But exactly where the strange object came from is not yet known.The "Mysterious Object on a Collision Course With Earth" Is a 7-Foot Long Hollow Rocket Body
Here’s what you need to know.
1. WT1190F Has a Trajectory That Looks Suspiciously Artificial
You may be surprised to learn that a “mysterious object dubbed ‘WT1190F’” is headed directly for Earth. THIS IS TRUE. But scientists now have a pretty good idea what it is—and think it will probably burn up before it reaches the planet. ‘WT...F’ is coming??!?!?!As we reported earlier this week, WT1190F is a hunk of space junk about seven feet long. Because of the way it’s behaving—not like an asteroid—scientists believe it’s long and hollow, which means it’s likely a piece of a discarded rocket body. We don’t know exactly which rocket it’s from, which is interesting. And it is, technically, on a collision course with our planet, traveling in a highly elliptical orbit. Which is also interesting.