Mysterious Space Junk Burns Up in Earth's Atmosphere

A mysterious piece of space junk entered Earth's atmosphere early Friday morning, burning up off the coast of Sri Lanka, NBC News reported.

The object, known as WT1190F, was probably a piece of "a rocket body," according to the European Space Agency, although nobody is sure which rocket it came from.

It was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona in 2013. After orbiting the Earth for years, it finally entered the atmosphere traveling at around 24,000 miles per hour at around 1:19 a.m. ET, or right before noon in Sri Lanka.

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