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03/27/2018 – Ephemeris – Chinese first space lab will reenter the Earth’s atmosphere in a few days

March 27, 2018

Ephemeris for Tuesday, March 27th. The Sun will rise at 7:32. It’ll be up for 12 hours and 31 minutes, setting at 8:04. The Moon, 3 days past first quarter, will set at 6:14 tomorrow morning.

The first Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 is estimated to reenter the atmosphere and mostly burn up in the latter days of this week or early next week. There may be parts that will survive the fiery entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The space lab was launched in 2011, and has been visited by one robotic and two crewed spacecraft. However the Chinese lost control of it in 2016 and cannot control it’s reentry location. It was launched with an inclination of 42.8 degrees, so it flies between 42.8 north and south latitudes, so it won’t land on anybody in the IPR listening area. When NASA’s Skylab space station made an uncontrolled entry in 1979, a piece fell in Australia. They sued the United States $400 for littering according to Space.com.

The times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Tiangong-1

The Tiangong-1 space lab. Source: Space.com, Chinese space agency photo.

Tiangong-1 Potential Re-entry area

Tiangong-1 Potential Re-entry area.  Click on image to enlarge. Source Space.com, European Space Agency data.

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