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Recently, the European Space Agency (ESA) released details about an unidentified flying object (UFO) that was spotted in space, heading towards the earth.

Following this there have been numerous headlines doing rounds with information of when this object is expected to hit the ground, the probable threats the object comes with as well as the unusual nickname to the object.

Officially, the UFO has been nicknamed WT1190F; however, the catalog number of this object has received a popular short form that goes like “WTF”.

Facts first

Before we go further with this WTF UFO thing, here are some known facts for you first. Number one is that yes it is true that there is an object in space and it’s headed towards the earth. Secondly, you should know that this object is destined for the earth’s atmosphere and it might probably land somewhere in the Indian Ocean in the month of November’2015. However, you should also know that scientists haven’t yet discovered what this object really is and as a result, it may probably be something else other than a UFO.

Space object to hit earth on November 13

It seems ESA scientists have found some light on what this object might just be, saying that it could probably be a remnant from an earlier mission, for instance, the hollow shell part of a used rocket. The scientists are also confident that this object will not be of any harm to the earth.

In a statement on its blog, the ESA wrote that “the November 13 reentry of what is probably a rocket body carries insignificant threat to planet earth”. According to Tim Flohrer, who is based in ESA’s Space Debris Office in Germany, this object is quite small, with a diameter of a couple of meters and it is possible for the whole of it, or a huge part of it to burn up in the atmosphere before hitting planet earth. The remains will then fall into the Indian Ocean, about 60 miles off Sri Lanka’s southern coast.

WT1190F first came into life back in 2013 courtesy of the Catalina Sky Survey and since then, it has been observed on a number of occasions by the same team. Scientists hope to use this type of observations to enhance their understanding of how objects behave when they enter into the earth’s atmosphere.