Of all the dates on the calendar, none inspire sheer anxiety and fear quite like Friday the 13th -- well, maybe Arbor Day, for hylophobiacs. But for most people, premonitions of dread and horrible, fiery demise usually hit a spike whenever the sixth day of the week crosses paths with the 13th day of the month.
This time around, the potential doom and gloom arrived via outer space, when a hunk of junk aptly codenamed "WTF" (shortened from its official title, WT1190F) was reported to be hurtling towards the Earth early Friday morning. The "mysterious object," as it was designated at the time, was first spotted by the International Astronomical Center and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency -- and even though scientists never really thought the impact on the surface could be anything major, they still kept close tabs on where -- and what -- the object turned out to be.
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Video of today's (Nov 13) reentry of #WT1190F space debris! Special thanks to everyone submitting the footage and pictures. http://www.nature.com/news/incoming-space-junk-a-scientific-opportunity-1.18642 #asteroids #asteroidday #spacedebris #friday13
Posted by Asteroid Day on Friday, November 13, 2015
As evidenced by the video above, the majority of the junk (which ended up being a little over a meter long) burned up in our atmosphere, somewhere above the Indian Ocean, ending up in Sri Lanka. And even though WTF is being classified as space debris, scientists still aren't sure exactly what it consisted of. As a non-scientist (for now) I really have no authority to speculate. But I will anyway, and presume that this was a mixture of space crabs from Mars
, and a corn beef sandwich, gone rogue.