Tiangong 1 Chinese Space Station
Taken by Philip Smith on January 20, 2018 @ Manorville NY, USA
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Tiangong-1 named Heavenly Palace now appears brighter in our skies as the Chinese Space Station descends toward Earth and traveling over the Earth at 18,000 mph. It’s due to reenter Earth’s atmosphere SOON > The current estimated window is March 30th to April 03rd. This is highly variable. I imaged the Chinese Space Station Tiangong 1 on 01-20-18 from my backyard Manorville, NY USA. Max pass was 62° at 17:58:37pm EST. The telescope was an Edge HD 14 with a 2X barlow. Imaging camera was ZWO ASI174 mono with an Astrodon red filter.
Experts currently predict that the Tiangong-1 will fall somewhere between 43ºN and 43ºS (e.g. Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, etc.). reenter and crash is likely to happen very any day soon now. I hope to get another chance to image Tiangong-1 on 03-31-18 Maximum altitude 32° at 05:44:09 if all works out for me. Kind Regards To ALL :-)
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UP DATE: According to Sky News, the “bus-sized” satellite will be travelling at around seven kilometres per second once it enters the atmosphere. This is likely to cause the craft to “burn up”.

But the news site says that a number of the satellite’s parts, such as its “dense rocket engines”, could remain intact upon re-entry. This means large “chunks” of debris could land in regions up to 43 degrees above or below the equator.
Posted by Philip Smith 2018-03-29 07:18:55
UP DATE: The US-based Aerospace Corporation believes the Tiangong-1 craft, meaning ‘heavenly palace’ in Chinese, will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere on Easter Sunday (1 April).
Posted by Philip Smith 2018-03-29 07:21:16
**** NEW UP DATE ***** Tiangong-1 will reenter the atmosphere this Sunday, April 1 at 12:35 AM EDT—though that prediction has a generous margin of error of plus or minus 24 hours.
Posted by Philip Smith 2018-03-29 17:55:43
Yours is the last image of the space station before its demise, today, and its excellent quality!

Did you attempt more images? Or know of others?

Was hoping for a NZ passover, but French Polynesia was not far off :)
Posted by zxcvbnm085 2018-04-01 23:01:24
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