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An actual spaceship could be about to crash into London

In what could easily be a subplot from 2013's space disaster flick Gravity, there is currently a giant hunk of space metal hurtling down from the heavens towards the UK.

The Russian cargo ship, called Progress 59, lost control soon after it was launched on 28 April where it was on a mission to dock with the International Space Station.

Since then its plummet has been tracked via the website SatFlare, placing its final crash spot somewhere just off the coast of Britain. However, some predictions have also said that its current trajectory could place the ship's final destination around the Edgware part of London.

Which all sounds incredibly dramatic and downright bloody scary - but it's worth noting that there have never been any reports of a person being killed by falling space debris.

Scientists have put the odds of actually being struck by a piece of the Progress 59 on par with being struck by lighnting, due in part to space machinery having a habit of burning up on re-entry - although some of the more rugged and larger parts are likely to reach the surface.

Either way, it's worth turning your gaze skyward tomorrow morning as at the very least we'll be in for a brilliant astral-firework display.

The current estimate for the re-entry issued by the Russian Space Agency is 8 May, around 18:10.