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Sep 20, 2011

NASA Satellite Falls to Earth This Week Sept 2011

The following space alert definitely falls into SO'W's Look Up category!

Space Weather News for Sept 20, 2011

UARS, a NASA satellite the size of a small bus, will re-enter Earth's atmosphere later this week producing a brilliant fireball somewhere over our planet. Best estimates place the re-entry time during the late hours of Sept 23rd over a still-unknown region of Earth.

Observers of the rapidly-decaying satellite say it is tumbling and flashing, sometimes almost as brightly as Venus. Video images featured on today's edition of show how the doomed satellite looks through a backyard telescope.

Readers who would like to catch a last glimpse of UARS streaking across the night sky should check SpaceWeather's Satellite Tracker for flyby times.

You can also turn your smartphone into a UARS tracker by downloading our Simple Flybys app.

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