How To See The Chinese Space Station One Last Time Before It Burns Up

** UPDATE 9 p.m. CDT April 1: The U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Space Component Command announced that Tiangong 1 reentered the atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean at about 7:16 p.m. CDT April 1. No April Fools. The latest prediction calls for the doomed Chinese space station, Tiangong 1, to burn up in the…
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Tiangong 1 Space Station Reentry Expected Over Easter Weekend

A few facts about Tiangong 1 and a reentry simulation As the kids look for Easter eggs this weekend others will be watching for a falling space station. As reported earlier, the 18,753 pound (8,506 kg) Tiangong 1 spacecraft has been gradually losing altitude as it skim the thin air 150 miles (240 km) high.…
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See The Spring Triangle / Farewell Humanity!

We all enjoy making patterns of stars in the sky. Ones that have been around a long time and familiar to many are called asterisms. Orion’s Belt is one, so are the Big Dipper and Summer Triangle. Last month, I wrote about the Winter Triangle, but did you know there’s a Spring Triangle, too? It’s…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Still Be Active Sunday Night

Too bad the clouds moved in! I had clear skies until about 11 p.m. and saw some great Perseid meteors from 10:15 until that time. It’s never easy to capture meteors with a camera, but I had a gut feeling I’d get one on my first exposure — and it happened! The meteor glowed orange…
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Iridium Satellites Keep The Fireworks Coming … But Not Forever

The crackle of firecrackers and thump of cannons echoed through the neighborhood last night, the fourth of July. But a whole different kind of fireworks was happening 483 miles overhead — silent but showy flares from Iridium satellites. The Iridium extravaganza’s been going on every night somewhere on Earth since the mid-1990s. A quick check of what…
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