The Sri Lanka Planetarium states that it will send a team of officials to Tangalle in preparation to observe the impact of a piece of space debris known as ‘WT1190F’ tomorrow (November 13).
The unidentified man-made object, which is thought to be a remnant of a discarded rocket used in the Apollo moon missions during the 1960s and 70s, will plunge into the Indian Ocean about 62 miles off the southern coast of Sri Lanka at around 11.45am local time.
Issuing a statement, the Planetarium states that members of the public who wish to observe the impact of the object should start observing about two or three hours before the scheduled impact. As such, the Planetarium advises the public to observe the object from about 10.00am to 12.30pm.
Much of the object, which is about 7-foot long, is expected to burn up as it enters the earth’s atmosphere. However, some parts may impact the Indian Ocean, according to various space agencies.