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According to information from Governor Rick Snyder, the 8.5-tonne space station could land along a strip of the US from northern California to Pennsylvania which includes the southern lower portion of Michigan.

Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police Captain Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police said: “While the chances are slim that any of the debris will land in Michigan, we are monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond quickly if it does.

“The state will rely on its existing satellite reentry response and recovery plan for any necessary response protocols.”

Most of the space station is expected to burn up during reentry.

But any debris that does land could contain hydrazine which is highly toxic and corrosive.

The SEOC said any space debris should be considered hazardous.

Anyone coming in contact with the suspected debris should call 911 and stay 150 feet away.

Italy’s Virtual Telescope Project, in partnership with Tenagra Observatory in Arizona has set up a webcam charting its progress towards our planet.

And an image captured through the camera shows the sun gleaming against the derelict craft as it zooms through the skies.

The photo was taken as the station was at an altitude of around 220km, moving at 28,000km per hour.

Gianluca Masi from the project said: “We managed to do something honestly out of this world: imaging the Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station during one of its final passes across the stars before it will burn in the atmosphere.

“We could show this to thousands of people worldwide and here is an image which we consider historic.”

But scientists have no clue where exactly it will land, only that a large swathe of countries are potentially at risk.

Anyone lucky enough to be looking at the right part of the sky when Tiangong-1 starts its fiery descent will likely see a glowing object moving for several minutes, like a shooting star but slower.

The craft was expected to hit speeds of 27,000 km (16,777 miles) per hour.

The rest will break up into fragments that could cover thousands of square kilometres, though the risk to people will be very small, experts promise.

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