A Chinese rocket — or at least part of one — is barreling toward the Earth right now in an uncontrolled reentry, where it’s expected to land … somewhere unknown, which is terrifying.
Scientists and astrophysicists have warned the public at large … be aware that debris from this rocket — which is said to be around 100 feet tall and weigh about 22 tons — will be crash landing on Earth sometime between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.
They say it’s expected to be back on our planet somewhere between 4:30 PM PT and 12:30 AM PT, and as far as the where … well that’s still up in the air at this point (pun intended!).
At this point … the rocket could hit virtually anywhere in North America, Central America, Africa, Australia and some areas in Western Asia. Most of Europe and South America seem to be safe … based on calculations scientists project as it gets closer and closer.
Now, if you’re wondering how this was allowed to happen in the first place — people are blaming China’s reckless deployment of this rocket to launch a piece of a new space station of theirs into orbit back in late April … but they just let the booster float up there afterward, with no action plan of bringing it back. Now, Earth’s gravitational pull has roped it back in.
As a result, the rest of us are left to deal with this mess and hope none of that debris lands in our backyard (or on our heads). They say there’s a very small chance of that happening, as most of the rocket is supposed to burn up in the atmosphere once it touches down.
Still though … it’s scary, and has left a lot of people on edge as the weekend forges on.
As freaky as a predicament this is — the good news is that people also seem to have a good sense of humor about it … posting jokes and memes about the rocket landing on them. That includes some celebs too, BTW … including Larry the Cable Guy and Billy Eichner.
Here’s hoping we can all have a chuckle of relief when this thing lands in the ocean … and not on a landmass. Fingers crossed … and be on the lookout, y’all!!!