Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Photos of Tiangong-1 hurtling towards Earth are terrifying: Should you worry?

Photos of Tiangong-1 hurtling towards Earth are terrifying: Should you worry?

The ESA's Space Debris Office said that the re-entry window for the Tiangong-1 space station was between March 30 and April 2 although it warned the estimate was "highly variable".

The Tiangong-1 station was launched in 2011 and hailed a "heavenly place" by the Chinese government, eager to join the space superpowers.

Predicting exactly where any impact locations could occur is beyond astronomer's current technical capabilities, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The not-for-profit Aerospace Corporation predicts that Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere on 1 April, Easter Sunday - or three days either side of that date.

China's 8.5-ton space station will come crashing down to Earth from Saturday onwards, the country's space authorities said, although they cannot confirm where it is likely to hit.

This is not the first time a space lab has come crashing back to Earth.

Tiangong-1 is moving too fast and too randomly for trackers to narrow it down any more precisely than somewhere between 43 degrees north latitude and 43 degrees south latitude.

Fuming Donald Trump Defends Vladimir Putin Embrace After Damaging Leak
Like so many other moments at the Trump White House, the story set off dueling narratives about what happened and why it occurred. Trump's congratulations to Putin was criticised with some claiming that the POTUS has been too tolerant of the Russian leader .

Time to stock up? See details of Toys R Us liquidation sale
With 16 consecutive quarters of sales growth in toys, Target had picked up market share well before the Toys R Us bankruptcy. Some of the other baby registry programs like Buybuy Baby and Babylist are offering extra perks for Babies R Us customers.

Seth Meyers Laughs off Biden-Trump "Thrilla in Vanilla" Feud
On Tuesday, Biden spoke at an anti-sexual assault rally in Florida where he pummeled Trump for the infamous Access Hollywood tape that surfaced before the 2016 election.

The Aerospace Corporation put the odds of someone being hit at less than one in a trillion.

Space lawyer Kim Ellis said it would mean the Australian federal government could present a claim for damage to China should Tiangong-1 collide with and damage a satellite from Australia or damage people or property within Australia.

"Some parts of the upper atmosphere are thicker than others meaning the craft slows unpredictably and since it travels around the Earth in just 90 minutes even an uncertainty of two minutes means the craft could fall anywhere along a 1,000-kilometer track", Duffy said.

Here's everything you need to know about Tiangong-1 and its impending fall.

While the majority of the eight-tonne spacecraft is likely to burn up while dashing through the atmosphere, some parts of it are expected to hit the ground and this has raised concern just like Skylab had done nearly four decades ago.

In a 2017 update to the United Nations, China said Tiangong-1 had "ceased functioning".

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques (Fraunhofer FHR) are monitoring the 8.5-ton (7.7 metric tons) space station module using a tracking and imaging radar system, which they say is one of the most powerful such radars worldwide.

Like this: