Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 expected to crash back into Earth within 24 hours.

The Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 is expected to fall back to Earth within the next 24 hours, putting an end to the nearly 19,000-pound, out-of-control space craft. The space station will re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere at some point late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, according to the European Space Agency’s Space Debris Office.

The estimates were made on Coordinated Universal Time, which is four hours ahead of Eastern Time.

The Space Agency notes the spacecraft could hit the Earth anywhere within a large band of 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south of the equator. That area includes the majority of the United States, Mexico, South America, Africa, India, Australia and a host of other countries. The chance of someone getting hit by the spacecraft is very low, as TIME has previously reported. According to the Aerospace Corporation, the odds of someone getting hit by a falling space object like this one is less than 1 in 1 trillion, and debris from the spacecraft will most likely fall into the ocean.

People can expect to see what will look like “a shower of meteors,” according to the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

China’s Tiangong-1 space station is predicted to fall somewhere between the latitudes of 42.8 degrees north and 42.8 degrees south, the area shaded in yellow and green here.

Credit: Aerospace Corporation

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *