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The rocket that launched the #Tianhe1 space station is predicted to re-enter our atmosphere sometime in the next few hours - between around 11am and 1pm AEST.It’s big, so it may not completely burn up. Chances are it will crash into an ocean, as Earth is mostly covered by water.Parts of its predicted final orbits pass over Australia (Perth, Esperance, Canberra and Tasmania) so if you’re lucky and it’s clear, you *might* see a bright and relatively slow fireball streak across the sky as it breaks up.The reason we’re not sure where it will crash is that the rocket appears to be tumbling in space. That affects its air resistance, which in turn affects how fast its orbit decays.And at 9 kilometers a second, you cover a lot of ground in half an hour.If by chance it does come down over land and you find a chunk has crashed near you, stay away from it, as it can have highly carcinogenic rocket fuel on or in it. Instead, keep your phone handy and film the fireball :-)To find out where the rocket stage is right now, use mapshot.app/pkg/longmarch.html... See MoreSee Less
Wait, what? There are more Space Station passes for Melbourne? Yes, indeed! If the weather cooperates, you'll be able to spot the ISS on:- 7 May at 6:43pm - rising in the south west and heading towards the south. Very bright pass!- 8 May at 5:56pm - rising in the south west and heading towards the south.- 9 May at 6:45pm - rising in the south west and heading towards the north.- 10 May at 5:58pm - rising in the south west and heading straight up to nearly overhead. Very bright pass! ... See MoreSee Less