China Rocket Crash Map

CLEVELAND (WJW) — It’s unclear exactly when and where a Chinese Earth-bound booster rocket will crash on Saturday, so a local astronomer has given some insight into the chances Ohio is on its way.

Astronomer Jay Reynolds says that while the million dollar question is where it will land, it is sure to do some damage.

“No doubt a lot of the original booster will survive reentry,” Reynolds told FOX 8. “It depends a lot on how the rocket is structurally built, determines how much of it survives. “

Although the damage is inevitable, he says it is luckily heading for “a lot of unpopulated areas”.

(Credit: Aeronautics)

He says the likely time window he will enter is after 2 p.m. EST and away from our area of ​​the planet.

“Northeast Ohio is perfectly safe. We are too far north to be in the risk zone,” he said. “Europe and much of North Africa probably looks safe.”

Experts from The Aerospace Corporation say the 23-ton propellant will not completely burn up in Earth’s atmosphere and they expect 20-40% of the wreckage to hit the ground.

For the latest updates on the rocket’s re-entry and landing, check The Aerospace Corporation’s website, which is updated regularly.

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