Space debris entry to Earth: Fishing ban, No-Fly Zone imposed

Space debris entry to Earth: Fishing ban, No-Fly Zone imposed

Space debris entry to Earth: Fishing ban, No-Fly Zone imposed

Written by Tharushan Fernando

10 Nov, 2015 | 9:14 pm

A”Fishing Ban” and a “No-Fly-Zone” have been imposed in the Southern sea area and over the sky as a space debris named WTF1190F is expected to enter the Earth’s atmosphere on November 13

Details of the no-fly zone and fishing ban were posted on the website of the Ministry of Defence.

The space debris that is expected to crash into earth on Friday was named  WTF1190F by astronomers If WTF1190F is a piece of rocket, it will be the first piece of man-made junk to return home independently.

WTF1190F, is set to land in the Indian Ocean, around 40 miles, that is around 65 kilo metres off the southern tip of Sri Lanka, at 11:50 a.m. on November 13.

Physical Sciences Division at Colombo University, Professor Chandana Jayaratne stated:

Based on the trajectory we can assume that this object might explode or burn in the atmosphere. If this a piece of rocket, then we cannot be certain that it would burn completely, and if it explodes in the atmosphere it may rip into  several pieces.

He also stated:

It may also crash on the ground. However, the risk of that happening is very low and there is no reason for us to panic because objects larger than this have crashed on to earth before

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Mahinda Amaraweera speaking on the issue stated:

I have instructed my staff to inquire into this situation and we have the technology to pass the message within a matter of hours. Therefore, we do not have any issue

The Disaster Management Centre’s Assistant Director Pradeep Kodippili says that all relevant authorities have been informed of this matter and that they are monitoring the situation.

Professor Chandana Jayaratne speaking on the issue stated:

We can witness this through the naked eye and the path of this debris will be in the direction of the sun to the Southwest. At times it might be difficult to see, but you might be able to see something like a fireball.

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