The International Space Station is flying over Australia tonight – here’s when and where you can spot it
- International Space Station will pass across Brisbane skyline at 6.44pm, Monday
- The space station will appear in the night sky and come from the south-west
- It will be visible to the naked eye and will disappear in the north-east at 6.51pm
- Other parts of the country will be able to see spacecraft in the sky on Tuesday
The International Space Station will be passing over Australia’s east coast tonight.
The space station will be approaching from the south-west before disappearing in the north-east at 6.51pm.
Star gazers and space enthusiasts have been told to keep an eye out for a bright dot passing over the Brisbane skyline, in Queensland, at 6.44pm on Monday
The International Space Station will be visible to the naked eye, so there will be no need for a telescope.
Other parts of the country will be able to see the bright dot travelling across the sky the following day.
The station will pass over Sydney on Tuesday at 8.33pm and appear in the sky for just two minutes.
Melbourne residents will be able to watch the space station pass from 8.31pm to 8.36pm.
It will also pass over Canberra at 8.32pm and disappear again at 8.36pm.
The space station will pass over Darwin a few minutes later at 8.40pm.
Viewers will have to be quick as the dot will only be in the sky for a maximum of five to seven minutes.
‘What you’ll see is this very bright star, the brightest object in the early evening sky. It will look like something otherworldly,’ astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker told the ABC.
Dr Tucker said it was rare to be able to clearly see the space station – which orbits the Earth roughly 15 times every day – so clearly.
‘It’s not visible all the time. The only time to see it is in the early evening or early morning hours when the sunlight reflects off of it and comes back down to earth.’
The International Space Station is a large spacecraft that has been orbiting the earth since its launch on November 20, 1998
The International Space Station is a large spacecraft that has been orbiting the earth since its launch on November 20, 1998.
It has been permanently staffed by rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low-gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy and meteorology.
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