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The Chinese space station Tiangong-1 could crash with Earth next week

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An artist's rendition of Tiangong-1 in orbit.


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Now we have a better idea of ​​when China's space station known as "Heavenly Palace 1" will collide with Earth's atmosphere and perhaps do it, in part, until it reaches the surface of our planet.

The latest updates from multiple orbiting observers, including the European Space Agency, the Orbital Debris and Re-Entry Studies Center and academic researchers, have narrowed the window for Tiangong-1 entry somewhere around April 1 , about four days.

In other words, the 18,740-pound (8,500-kilogram) spacecraft is currently expected to come out in a final burst of glory sometime between March 28 and April 5.

This range could change, but the window began to shrink significantly in recent days as the demise of Tiangong-1 approaches.

The Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques recently captured the doomed space station, which was launched in 2011, using radar, as Earth's gravity continues to slowly approach its home.

Some things to consider about the re-entry of Tiangong-1:

It is impossible to predict where you could land as I explained in a previous publication, because you probably can not handle it and moving incredibly fast .

It could re-enter anywhere between 43 degrees north and south of the equator which is a large strip of land and ocean that extends from the north of the contiguous United States to Tasmania in the south. Congratulations, Canada, you are totally safe, except for a bit of Ontario.

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The yellow bands indicate the areas where Tiangong-1 is most likely to re-enter the atmosphere. Green is less likely and blue is unlikely.


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There is no guarantee that any part of Tiangong-1 will survive its scorching flight through the atmosphere.

If the pieces reach the surface, they are likely to fall into the ocean or into the middle of nowhere . Only one person has reported being hit by fallen space debris. happened to a woman in Oklahoma and was not injured .

If you come across parts of it, get away and call the authorities because it may contain toxic propellants like hydrazine.

If you see Tiangong-1 furrowing the sky, take a video and get me @EricCMack .

Stay tuned for more updates as the sky's heavenly sky falls.

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