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Tiangong-1 will pass over North Korea within 10 minutes.

The Tiangong-1 space station will then pass over its birthplace within the next 20 minutes, an astronomer has claimed.

Jonathan McDowell declared that areas in Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and China will all be passed over by the space station imminently.

He stated: “2336 UTC Isfahan/Yazd, Iran, 2338 UTC eastern Turkmenistan, 2339 UTC Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 2343 UTC Xinjiang, China, 2346 UTC China/Mongolia border.”

Based on the space station’s orbit, it will come back to Earth somewhere 43 degrees north and 43 degrees south, a range covering most of the United States, China, Africa, southern Europe, Australia and South America.

Out of range are Russia, Canada and northern Europe.

China’s space authority said on Sunday the station would hit speeds of nearly 17,000mph before disintegrating.

They previously said its fiery disintegration would offer a ‘splendid’ show akin to a meteor shower.

Only around 10 percent of the 8.5-ton spacecraft is likely to survive.

This will most likely be its heavier components such as its engines.

Tiangong 1 was China’s first space station, serving as an experimental platform for bigger projects, such as the Tiangong 2 which launched in September 2016 and a future permanent Chinese space station.

The station played host to two missions and was used as a test platform for perfecting docking procedures and other operations.

Its last crew departed in 2013 and contact with it was subsequently cut in two.

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