Written by Tharushan Fernando
13 Nov, 2015 | 7:51 pm
The Arthur C. Clark Institution for Modern Technologies assumes that the space debris dubbed WT1190F may have combusted when it entered the atmosphere.
The institutions said that the cloudy weather made difficult for them to observe or monitor any object that was beyond the range of 5 kilometres.
However, NASA scientists aboard a Gulf Stream Jet that monitored the object confirmed the sighting of WT1190F.
Local and international enthusiasts and experts flocked to the Tangalle Naval camp, and to a number of other locations on Friday morning to witness the space debris enter the earth atmosphere.
The Sri Lanka Planetarium had set up two telescopes at the site to observe the space debris that was expected to crash into the seas off the southern coast.
The United Arab Emirates dispatched a special jet to observe and monitor the space debris dubber WT1190F.
The Arthur C. Clark Institution for Modern Technologies announced that WT1190F was only observed by a group of scientists headed by Astronomer Dr. Peter Jenniskens.
News 1st obtained this footage when the Gulf Stream Jet carrying these scientists landed in Katunayake to refuel.
Spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Planetarium, Nalaka Abeysekera stated:
We were informed that the space object had combusted in the atmosphere and a special plane was dispatched to observe this.
Meanwhile, Astronomer, Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga stated:
We did not witness anything because of the clouds. So nothing was witnessed in Tangalle or Matara and I do not believe that it was witnessed from any area in Sri Lanka because of the presence of the clouds
Indika Medagangoda of the Arthur C. Clark Institution for Modern Technologies, noted that unofficial reports suggest that the plane had observed the combustion of this object in the atmosphere. He stated, however that there are no official reports as yet.
Locals from many areas in the South including Rathgam , Galle and Habaraduwa say that they heard a loud noise from the ocean but Police Headquarters reported that they did not receive any complaints over a sound.
The usual hustle and bustle in Galle were not experienced today. A Fishing Ban and a No-Fly-Zone were imposed in the Southern sea area and over the sky which spans across a 45 kilometre area , 65 kilometres Southeast to Dondra.
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