Ebene News – CA – Huge Chinese rocket to drop to Earth this weekend Here’s how to follow it online

A huge Chinese Long March 5B rocket thruster drops to Earth in an uncontrolled descent, with re-entry currently scheduled for early Sunday (May 9), and you can follow its fall on one of the many websites

The 23-ton (21 metric-ton) center stage will likely fall into an uninhabited area, given that 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean That said, entities around the world are watching in case where – and provide regular updates online

By early Saturday, the falling rocket thruster was scheduled to enter Earth’s atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean on Sunday May 9 at around 12:19 p.m.m EDT (0419 GMT), according to Aerospace Corp, which tracks the subject

We’ll keep you posted here at Spacecom, but here are some of the sources you can check out for yourself in the coming days

US Space Command updates Space-trackorg at least once a day with the latest information on where the rocket is likely to fall, depending on parameters such as the height of the rise of Earth’s atmosphere and how the drag should affect the huge Chinese vehicle

Aerospace Corporation, which supports national security space programs, regularly posts on its Twitter feed and occasionally on Medium the status of the main stage More details on the back-to-school predictions are also available on its website

Another Twitter thread to watch out for is that of Jonathan McDowell, a well-known tracker of uncontrolled falls in the US space community He posts several times a day on the progress of Long March 5B

Amateur sky watchers are also keeping an eye on the rocket, with the virtual telescope’s Gianluca Masi planning to broadcast live footage of Rome if the main stage is visible from there Weather permitting, this webcast is scheduled to begin tonight, May 7 at 10:40 a.m.m EDT (0240 GMT) You can watch it directly from the virtual telescope here and on YouTube

China has occasionally commented on the situation in state media and in reports, so keep an eye on the English coverage for any comments state officials may have.

You can also research the new Chinese space station that this Long March 5B helped build On April 28, the rocket launched the center stage of the T-shaped Tianhe space station, which will eventually include several modules

The Heavens-Above website (or apps) has a list of Tianhe module passes suitable for your preferred viewing location.In general, it looks like the vehicle is bright enough to be spotted with the naked eye , but you might have better luck with binoculars or a telescope, especially in light polluted areas

More technical information about the space station’s orbit is available on NY2Ocom, including its perigee, apogee, tilt and period

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the latest re-entry prediction of the falling Chinese Long March 5B rocket thruster

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Ebene News – CA – Huge Chinese rocket to fall to Earth this weekend Here’s how to track it online

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