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Another satellite to come tumbling down

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OhYouBadBadGhostie Mon 17-Oct-11 07:40:44

ROSAT to come down between 21st Oct and 25th. Hard hats at the ready everyone grin

scarevola Mon 17-Oct-11 08:11:40

OYBBK - the bit about the 3 day confidence interval was ambiguously written - it could also mean any time from 18th-25th.

And a 1.7 ton heat resistant telescope does sound rather concerning!

(BTW - did anyone ever find any debris from the last one? Or was it written off as lost at sea / in Canada?)

OhYouBadBadGhostie Mon 17-Oct-11 08:18:04

true about the confidence interval smile
and (slowly waking up!!) that means from tomorrow onIt is thought that UARS spread itself across the pacific.
This one does sound rather more problematic!

Cheeptrickortreat Mon 17-Oct-11 08:35:58

Metal dustbin's and wine at the ready then grin

OhYouBadBadGhostie Mon 17-Oct-11 15:05:06

Jolly good - important to be prepared!

EdithWeston Mon 17-Oct-11 19:27:04

ROSAT: that'll be rioja, ouzo, sancerre, armagnac and tokay then?

whomovedmychocolate Mon 17-Oct-11 19:29:47

I thought it wasn't headed our way? confused

EdithWeston Mon 17-Oct-11 19:43:53

It orbits up to 53 degrees north. That covers all of Wales, most of England, and most of Ireland.

whomovedmychocolate Mon 17-Oct-11 19:56:52

Well that sounds unfair. Scotland never get anything interesting like this grin

OhYouBadBadGhostie Mon 17-Oct-11 20:42:20

but scotland gets about 30 foot of snow at times slight exaggeration

OhYouBadBadGhostie Tue 18-Oct-11 07:23:28

seems to have been tightened to between the 21st and the 23rd - the largest component being a rather large mirror.

EdithWeston Tue 18-Oct-11 07:33:15

So it will come with Rapture!

And we'll all be able to check out hair in the cellar.

OhYouBadBadGhostie Tue 18-Oct-11 07:51:38

Twas a thought that crossed my mind grin

OhYouBadBadGhostie Wed 19-Oct-11 18:53:02

They reckon either the 22nd or the 23rd now. So - hard hats ready for this weekend!

GloriaSmud Wed 19-Oct-11 21:19:29

Am on holiday in a static caravan near Sidmouth and feeling a little vulnerable to falling space debris as didn't pack my hardhat. I have started to dig underneath the caravan for protection and put lots of wine essential supplies there ready for if it looks like it's heading our way!

ColdSancerre Wed 19-Oct-11 21:25:18

I'm here, I have Sancerre (well ocado are delivering some tomorrow) and Brie. Whose cellar are we hiding in and does everyone have bins and straws?

OhYouBadBadGhostie Thu 20-Oct-11 07:48:29

I have hay????

ColdSancerre Thu 20-Oct-11 07:57:26

You can't drink wine through a piece of hay but I'm sure the hay will come in useful for something.

whomovedmychocolate Thu 20-Oct-11 11:29:12

Funnily enough while driving to school on Wednesday at 8am I saw something that looked like a large mirror (a big silver circle in the sky) with a white trail behind it - it came down fast then appeared to slow as it hit the upper atmosphere. I have no idea if it was a bit of space junk or what but the DC and a few of their friends saw it - it looked very big. Much bigger than a falling star. Was quite irksome to be frank. We lost sight of it after half an hour when it went behind the clouds.

OhYouBadBadGhostie Thu 20-Oct-11 14:34:18

Very strange wmmc. I have no idea what that would be! rosat orbits the earth every 90 mins, so it wouldnt be that. Most strange!

EdithWeston Thu 20-Oct-11 14:38:48

Aren't most UFOs meteorological balloons?

OhYouBadBadGhostie Thu 20-Oct-11 15:24:02

I did wonder about that (some at night are chinese lanterns) but the description just doesnt seem to quite fit.

AngryFeet Thu 20-Oct-11 15:30:48

Grrrr I am out in London getting pissed for my birthday celebrations - stay away from Clapham bits of satellite, I'm warning you!!

EdithWeston Thu 20-Oct-11 17:01:10

Probably a test flight of something military and stealthy then?

BTW: any further refinements of crash time?

OhYouBadBadGhostie Thu 20-Oct-11 17:13:02

perhaps grin

spaceweather reckons many experts say 23rd, with early in the day being thought to be most likely.

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