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OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 17-Sep-11 21:19:10

(I did start a v. similar thread but as this is going to be interesting for a few days (and I'm being ignored in chat) I'm duplicating grin )

UARS is deorbiting

tracking info so we know when to duck grin

Chaotica Sat 17-Sep-11 21:34:16

Thanks - Have cancelled holidays in the Gambia, Belarus and Tierra del Fuego...

juuule Sat 17-Sep-11 21:38:05

Thanks - will watch with interest -and possibly a hard-hat wink

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 17-Sep-11 22:22:17

one can never be too careful chaotica!

NormaStanleyFletcher Sun 18-Sep-11 11:04:13

So how deep do I need to build the shelter?

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 18-Sep-11 11:08:46

hmmm, looking at this a couple of metres should do it.

GypsyMoth Sun 18-Sep-11 11:11:12

Well I won't be giving my bit of satellite back if some lands in my garden!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 18-Sep-11 11:13:38

thats what I said ILT. No way jose. Finders Keepers is what I reckon!

GloriaSmud Sun 18-Sep-11 12:30:53

It says here, "Since the beginning of the space age, there has been no confirmed report of an injury resulting from reentering space objects."

But there's always a first time!

<Dons hard hat, runs around like a headless chicken (wonders how a headless chicken wears a hard hat anyway!) Settles for 'panic mode.'>

Lexilicious Tue 20-Sep-11 22:27:54

Um, that's quite scary. What sort of force does a piece of satellite have at (presumably) terminal velocity? Will it be hot? smooth or sharp edges? (forget that question, if it's going at 100mph when it reaches the earth it could be any shape and it'll still whop you senseless.

I will be keeping an eye out on Friday for where its track is!

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 22-Sep-11 06:44:27

Looks like tomorrow night is the night!

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 22-Sep-11 06:48:26

nasa update

Cheaptrick Thu 22-Sep-11 14:40:32

From the tracking link above it does not look like we can see it from the UK so does that mean it will not be falling here? confused

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 22-Sep-11 15:22:31

If you look at the link at the moment you can see that it does get as far north as the uk. It is in low earth orbit which means that it circles the earth many times a day and the point above the earth at which it reaches its most northerly point varies from orbit to orbit

Cheaptrick Thu 22-Sep-11 16:08:51

Thank you blush

I will get my hard hat on now then.

Lexilicious Thu 22-Sep-11 16:11:12

when it does re-enter I guess it will look like a meteor shower, do you think?

GypsyMoth Thu 22-Sep-11 16:27:06

Any guesses??
Its all a bit 'up on the air' isn't it?!grin

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 22-Sep-11 19:03:32

I'd have thought so lex!

<groan> ILTiffany grin

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 22-Sep-11 19:57:34

Quite a good little blog on UARS

GloriaSmud Thu 22-Sep-11 20:42:43

That's a good blog (DH and I are grin at the space website they mention, 'heavens-above.com' ~ great name!) Good video that's been taken of the falling satellite too.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 23-Sep-11 07:13:52

Very funny update from NASA this am "It is still too early to predict the time and location of re-entry with any more certainty, but predictions will become more refined in the next 24 hours."

well duh - it may well have crashed by then! Makes predicting rather defunct.

Cheaptrick Fri 23-Sep-11 09:55:34

Maybe they just dont know and are watching like the rest of us? confused

Labradorlover Fri 23-Sep-11 11:18:13

NASA say it won't crash over North America.....well that's fine then....hmm

GloriaSmud Fri 23-Sep-11 12:53:52

Info from the bbc website.

bahookie Fri 23-Sep-11 14:07:03

according to the bbc story - we'll be ok - well those of us in scotland :-)

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