Looking to the skies is a big part of the Christmas story.
After all it was the Star of Bethlehem that led the three kings to the baby Jesus.
Except it’s now the 21st Century and there’s a lot more going on up there.
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This year there’s going to be an extra special celestial present for star gazers in London, with the International Space Station appearing overhead not just once, but twice on Christmas Day.
According to the NASA, the first appearance is criminally early so unless you’re particularly set on seeing both it might be worth giving it a miss.
At 5.30am it will be visible for one minute travelling from 32 degrees above SSE to 24 degrees above ESE.
To make sure you catch it, have a compass to hand or if you’re a child of modernity, there’s plenty of free apps that will help you track where the Station will be flying.
If 5.30am is too early for you there’s another flyby a little later starting at 7.03am.
Are you going to get up early to see it? Let us know in the comments here.
This one will be visible for five minutes so definitely more of a show.
The second passing will appear at 10 degrees above WSW and disappears at 22 degrees above E.
As we’re still in the depths of Winter, it will still be dark.
This means the Station will be easy to see.
Look out for a point of light moving steadily across the sky.
It’s not just the amateur astronomers who are excited, London’s most famous bear is also looking forward to it.
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