After some remarkably bright passes across the sky so far this month, the International Space Station will once again be visible from Nottinghamshire this week.
Travelling at a speed of 17,500mph – relative to the Earth – the ISS is typically seen as a bright light passing across the blanket darkness of the night sky.
Despite lockdown easing in recent weeks, pollutant levels from vehicles and light sources remain lower than usual, providing even those with little experience a staggering view.
Due to its speed, the ISS completes an orbit roughly every 90 minutes and travels through 16 sunsets and sunrises, meaning it can be seen on multiple occasions in the space of 24 hours.
These are all the times to spot the ISS next week.
Monday, July 27
9.43pm: The first sighting of the night. The ISS will appear 15° above W and vanish into 11° above ESE around six minutes later. Max height 52°.
11.19pm: The second sighting of the night. It will appear 10° above W and leave 18° above SSW around three minutes later. Max height 18°.
Tuesday, July 28
10.31pm: There will only be single passes later in the week. On Tuesday it will appear 11° above W before leaving at 16° above SSE. It will be visible for four minutes.
Wednesday, July 29
9.43pm: The ISS will pop up 11° above W, will be visible to the naked eye for six minutes, before vanishing 11° above SE. Max height 33°.
Thursday, July 30
10.33pm: Thursday’s pass will last for three minutes. It will appear 10° above WSW and disappear into 10° above S. Max height 13°.
Friday, July 31
9.45pm: The last pass of the month will last five minutes. The space station will appear 10° above W and lave sight at 10° above S.
Monday will start off very wet and cloudy, the Met Office suggests, but clearer skies will return towards the end of the day when visibility becomes ‘very good’.
The clouds and rain will recede at around 9pm, providing the perfect conditions to see the space station in orbit.
Tuesday will start off cloudy will sunny spells. However, towards 9pm the clouds may recede once again.
Wednesday looks to be the worst day to see the ISS make its pass, with clouds predicted throughout the entire day and into the night.
Conditions on Thursday look slightly better according to the Met Office, with sunny spells into the evening. Clouds will recede come 10pm.
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Friday may be the best day to see the space station this week, with sun predicted all day and ‘very good’ visibility, as well as temperatures reaching 26C.
The Met Office says: “Cloudy, with rain becoming persistent through the morning and with a strengthening breeze. Some heavy rain in places during the afternoon before mostly clearing away into the evening. Fairly cool. Maximum temperature 19 °C.
“Fairly cool and breezy on Tuesday with sunny spells and showers. Windy at first on Wednesday, but dry with sunny spells. Dry with more sunshine on Thursday and feeling warmer.”
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