Where is UARS right now? – in the Pacific Ocean

*UPDATE 3*
NASA’s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23 and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept. 24. The Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California said the satellite penetrated the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. The precise re-entry time and location are not yet known with certainty.

For the latest official word from NASA, go here.

Embedded KML showing the orbit was removed from this page so it wouldn’t cause confusion.

*UPDATE*
Click here if you want to run UARS orbits on your own machine with our software. You can create your own images and videos.

*UPDATE 2*
If you don’t use twitter, you can see our TS Kelso’s re-entry predictions in his twitter feed in a blog here. Or you can follow him @TSKelso on twitter

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Josh Poley works as an Aerospace Engineer for AGI. He once touched a giraffe.
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26 Responses to Where is UARS right now? – in the Pacific Ocean

  1. Federico Figliuolo says:

    We live in the area of Mar del Plata, Argentina, and we are concerned about the trajectory and impact area of ​​the satellite, could you tell us estimated time of reentry and impact area range with more precision ?

  2. Poley says:

    Federico, you can get the latest and most accurate info from NASA here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/index.html . But do not be concerned, this happens often and the odds of being hit by it are very small.

  3. NASA is providing almost no information. Re-routing inquiries to NASA’s site isn’t helpful at the moment. I believe people are visiting your website hoping to find actual information about UARS location and projected trajectory. Even as NASA eliminates continents & some populated areas, it is being uncharacteristically silent about what areas remain high-risk as a result… possibly to lessen its liability in future legal actions should casualties or extensive property damage result if a fragment causes harm.

    About 75% of UAR’s significant components will burn up before hitting the Earth’s surface. The remaining 26 objects ranging in size from 1 kg to 150 kg. will impact with varying velocities from 107 m/sec. to 14 m/sec. over a narrow impact zone approximately 500 miles long. If that zone is over ocean or low-population desert/high-mountain areas very few people may be affected. IF the impact zone is in India, eastern Europe, Russia, populated Iran, Malaysia, etc. not only people but many structures could be damaged. NASA’s 1-in-3200 chance for mortality is based upon ALL the Earth’s surface, but once the impact zone is known the odds change greatly if that impact zone has a high population density.

    It’s a good thing that your software is available. It doesn’t seem to work with all browsers – the kml file seems flawed. I’ve reloaded the Google plug-in twice with no effect. takittome.com says “Your KML link does not appear valid. Please check it and try again” (when using Apple’s Safari browser).

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  5. Bhakt Swami says:

    Mr. Poley,
    We live in the area of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and we are concerned about the trajectory and impact area of ​​the satellite, could you tell us estimated time of reentry and impact area range with more precision ?

  6. Pablo says:

    Thank you for give us all the information, I’m from Chile and we are worry about where UARS will fall.

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  8. Rafael says:

    Hello. I can not find the location of Where is UARS UARS in right now? KML file. Ggogle opens but nothing earth. As you can see?

  9. osvaldo says:

    Tengo un familiar navegando en la pesca en la zona sur de la patagonia , seria importante que este atento a la caída de algún trozo de satélite , puesto que el esta navegando a mas de 400 KM de la costa ?

  10. osvaldo says:

    Repito la pregunta , tengo un familiar navegando en la zona sur de la patagonia a mas de 400 km de la costa , seria necesario que este atento por la caída de algún trozo del satélite ??

  11. I’m getting a message from google earth that your kml file doesn’t work. Anyone else having that issue?

  12. Owais Siddiqui says:

    Is Karachi, Pakistan safe from this?

  13. Poley says:

    Please don’t worry too much…this is directly from NASA: “The chances that you (yes, I mean YOU) will be hit by a piece of the #UARS satellite today are one in several trillion. Very unlikely.”

  14. Oscar says:

    El satélite ya esta descendiendo?? Cambió su orbita drásticamente. Imagino que la última señal será cuando explosione al ingresar en nuestra atmósfera…

    Saludos desde Chile

  15. Larissa1970 says:

    Hello,from Romania,we are not worry,this is a special event in life,I hope we can see on the sky.Good luck for everybody!

  16. Rodolfo says:

    Realmente es poco probable que una parte del UARS caiga sobre mi cabeza o la de mis hijos, pero de todas maneras seria bueno saber donde va a caer; ya que las estadisticas poco ayudan al pobre tipo al que le toca estar en un accidente aereo, o de transito, etc…
    Sin panico, ya que el techo de mi casa resistira el impacto de una de las 26 partes de 5kg cada una, me gustaria saber donde se estima que va a caer; al menos para no salir a comprar una Coca a la esquina esta noche sin mi armadura de hierro. Gracias y saludos desde Buenos Aires – ARG

    It’s really unlikely that a part of UARS fall on my head or my children’s , but still would be nice to know where it will fall, because the statistics do not help the poor guy that is happen in a plane crash, or transit, etc … No panic, as the roof of my house will withstand the impact of one of the 26 parts of 5 kg each, I would like to know where it is estimated that it will fall at least not going to buy a Coke to the corner for tonight without my iron armor. Thanks and regards from Buenos Aires – ARG.

  17. Rodolfo says:

    Realmente es poco probable que una parte del UARS caiga sobre mi cabeza o la de mis hijos, pero de todas maneras seria bueno saber donde va a caer; ya que las estadisticas poco ayudan al pobre tipo al que le toca estar en un accidente aereo, o de transito, etc…
    Sin panico, ya que el techo de mi casa resistira el impacto de una de las 26 partes de 5kg cada una, me gustaria saber donde se estima que va a caer, al menos para no ir a comprar coca cola a la esquina por esta noche sin mi armadura de hierro. Gracias y saludos desde Buenos Aires – ARG

    It’s really unlikely that a part of UARS fall on my head or my children’s, but still would be nice to know where it will fall, because the statistics do not help the poor guy who is in a plane crash, or transit, etc … No panic, as the roof of my house will withstand the impact of one of the 26 parts of 5 kg each, I would like to know where it is estimated that it will fall, at least not going to buy a Coke tonight, without my iron armor. Thanks and regards, from Buenos Aires – ARG.

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  19. again, is the kml file legit, have you pulled it, or something else?

  20. Jamal Masood says:

    Hello from India and thank you for providing Kml file. Being an active member of Google Earth Community I have been tracking it since last night and have also posted a <a href="link to this post on GEC Forum.

  21. javier says:

    i can`t see it were is it

  22. Gabriel says:

    “Poley says:
    September 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    Please don’t worry too much…this is directly from NASA: “The chances that you (yes, I mean YOU) will be hit by a piece of the #UARS satellite today are one in several trillion. Very unlikely.”

    Please, chek this: http://www.infobae.com/notas/607728-Investigan-las-causas-de-la-misteriosa-explosion-en-Esteban-Echeverria.html
    Your f*ckng satellite killed people in Buenos Aires.

    How do you explain this???

    • emackey says:

      NASA’s UARS satellite was on the other side of the globe when it entered the Pacific Ocean: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars/index.html

      But, meteorites and other space objects do enter the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis, so it’s possible something did fall from the sky on Buenos Aires. It sounds like whatever it was, it was larger than the remains of UARS, from the description in that article.

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