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 SpaceWeather.com 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.