Search the sky for UARS
If you’re concerned that your tin foil hat isn’t robust enough to protect you from falling space debris during the de-orbit of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) this Friday, fear not, there’s only a 1-in-20 trillion risk that a piece of the wayward spacecraft will collide with you personally.
But if that risk level is still too high, and you haven’t yet booked your ticket to the North or South pole to escape the +/- 57 degree latitude swath of Earth that’s potentially in the drop zone, then we have an app for you.
A temporary UARS button appears on Satellite AR, until Friday
There’s a new button on the main menu of Satellite AR, allowing you to point your Android phone at the sky and look for the UARS orbit track. If you see it headed your way, run! Just kidding, the debris zone will be 500 miles long, so there’s no need to try to run.
In spite of the jestful fear-mongering above, de-orbits like this one happen almost every year, and typically are not cause for concern. NASA dutifully keeps everyone updated with refined estimates on their UARS Update Page.
Still, you may want to try to spot UARS in the sky before it’s gone for good, and for that, your best option is our Android app.
Scan or click the QR code