China’s Tiangong 1 Space Station Expected To Burn Up In Early 2018

Better watch your back in 2018. China’s 8½ ton Tiangong 1 (Chinese for “heavenly palace”) space station will make an uncontrolled re-entry into the atmosphere sometime early next year. While friction with the air will vaporize most of the craft, it’s likely that some of the larger, denser pieces will survive the plunge despite temperatures in…
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Space Station Blows In With The Fall Wind

Better grab my coat. I feel a nip in the night wind. Temperatures in the low 40s are most welcome after a warm, wet, sticky summer. Fall is often the best time to enjoy the stars — the bugs are gone, a jacket feels like a warm hug and the Milky Way arches straight overhead…
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Space Station Makes July Dusk Debut

Just a reminder that the International Space Station (ISS) will be making evening passes for about the next two weeks for many areas in the northern hemisphere. It’s just getting warmed up late tonight with a post-midnight flyby; convenient evening viewing times start tomorrow. Once you know the time the ISS will pass over your…
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Observing Alert — Space Station Marathon Underway!

Astronauts conducted an emergency spacewalk earlier today to replace a failed computer that controlled the solar power system, radiators and other crucial equipment on the International Space Station (ISS). They had been using a backup, so everything’s thumps up now. I’ve read it’s hard work working in repairs outside the station, but the views are second…
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Spring Nights Sweeter With The Space Station

The northern lights should return for a second show tonight starting at nightfall and continuing through about 10 p.m. Central time. Last night’s display, lovely as it was, ended so quickly it took many aurora watchers by surprise. When seeking signs of the lights, keep an eye on the north. Almost every show begins with…
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