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WATCH: Space junk breaks up over Sri Lanka

The remains of what is believed to be part of a rocket re-entered the atmosphere this morning over Sri Lanka, creating a blazing streak of fire in the sky.

The International Astronomical Center from Abu Dhabi was able to capture the debris as it broke apart after a fiery descent to Earth.

WT1190F was discovered in 2013 by the Catalina Sky Survey. Though it’s not known exactly what the object is, by studying its density, experts at ESA’s NEO (near-Earth object) Coordination Centre determined that its size and mass aren’t consistent with a rocky object like an asteroid. They concluded that it is likely the discarded upper stage of a rocket.

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