Heads Up: There's a Satellite Falling to Earth Next Week

Take a good long look at the satellite in the picture above. So that you can recognize it when it comes crashing down to earth next week!

That's NASA's Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite, which, after 20 years floating in space doing whatever it is that satellites do, is coming home, in "at least 26 large pieces... somewhere between the latitudes of northern Canada and southern South America." (Ah, great, that narrows it down quite a bit.) It's projected to hit on September 23, give or take a day.

Don't worry, though; NASA says the chances of a person being hit by space metal are "extremely [Some might say astronomically! - Ed.] remote" at about 1 in 3,200. Most likely it'll crash down in the ocean somewhere.

That being said! If you wanted to stay inside next Friday, we wouldn't blame you.

[Space.com]