Chinese space station hurtling toward Earth (FAQ)

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The station, headed toward Earth, could be uncontrolled.

But as it enters the atmosphere, the situation will change.

China's own space program raised major concerns after it used a missile to destroy an out-of-service Chinese satellite in 2007, creating a large and potentially risky cloud of debris.

On Monday Chinese scientists came to the conclusion that Tiangong-1 will soon hit the earth's atmosphere and meet its demise.

That means you have a much, much better chance of winning a PowerBall Jackpot (1 in 300,000,000 odds) than being hit by chunks off the falling space station.

Meanwhile, the falling space station has become a media star, inspiring dozens of stories from news organizations worldwide - and lots of dramatic prose.

The European Room Firm has actually tightened its home window for re-entry of the long-abandoned orbiting laboratory- the present price quote is that it will certainly dive from orbit in an intense round of fire at some time in between March 31 to April 2.

The Tiangong-1 or Heavenly Palace lab was launched in 2011 and described as a "potent political symbol" of China. Areas above or below these latitudes can be excluded.

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Check back in the days ahead for more updates. That rules out a descent over the United Kingdom but it does cover much of the Earth, including vast stretches of North and South America, China, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, parts of Europe, and great swaths of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

The difference between TRMM and Tiangong-1, though, is size. Whereas the blue areas (that make up one-third of the Earth's surface) indicate zones of zero probability, the green area indicates a zone of lower probability.

The risk is slightly increased for those living 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south of the equator - the ESA predicts there's about a 3 percent chance Tiangong will fall on those parallels respectively. It's important to notice that Tiangong-1 is very, very likely to come down in the ocean or somewhere rural, but there are some cities with a population over 1 million in the predicted flight path; those are indicated by red dots. Their latest prediction is that the station will descend into our atmosphere on April 1st, at 04:35 UTC (March 30th 08:35 PST), with a margin of error of about 24 hours - in other words, between March 30th to April 2nd.

Angkasa has taken the initiative to monitor the distance of Tiangong-1 as early as November 2017.

Scientists at the Italian Space Agency have previously said the Tiangong-1 space lab could slam into Europe with only 40 minutes of warning - sometime this weekend.

The ESA has a great FAQ on Tiangong-1 on its website.

Gianluca Masi of Virtual Telescope Project stated that it was hard to capture the space station which is presenting out-of-control and due to its greater speed of 18-degrees per minute which is around 17,400 mph.

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