A defunct space station is falling out of control toward Earth, and it's expected to re-enter the atmosphere sometime this weekend.
- Abandoned Chinese space station tumbling toward Earth
- It's unknown exactly where it will re-enter atmosphere
- Tiangong-1 being tracked by multiple space agencies
No one knows exactly where — or if — it will land, scientists expect the school bus-sized piece of space junk to burn up on re-entry.
Either way, it should put on quite a show for those whose skies it re-enters.
What does that mean for you?
Farewell, Tiangong-1! China's first space lab #Tiangong-1, launched in September 2011, will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up during failling between March 31 and April 4, 2018: China's manned space engineering office, Mon pic.twitter.com/JtB7JtJw3G— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) March 26, 2018
Since then, it's been gradually making its way toward Earth, and its expected re-entry time has now been narrowed to about Sunday, April 1.
But this is no April Fools' joke.
The big question is: Where will it hit?
The European Space Agency says it could be anywhere between 43 degrees North or 45 degrees South. The ESA's tracker shows where the Tiangong-1 space station is now and its projected path over the next few hours.
Current estimated reentry window for #Tiangong1 from ESA's Space Debris Office runs from midday 31 March to early afternoon 1 April (in UTC time); this is highly variable!— ESA (@esa) March 29, 2018
Read more: https://t.co/H8NDGiUUrA (Radar image by @Fraunhofer_FHRe) pic.twitter.com/Nkomalx2fu
So keep your eyes peeled this weekend.
The good news is, the chances of any one person on Earth being hit by debris is considered less than one in a trillion.