It’s going to be worth keeping an eye on the night sky later this week as the International Space Station is going to be visible once the cloud breaks.
The ISS is easy to spot as it’s the third brightest object in the sky and it’s schedule is known well in advance.
It looks like a fast-moving plane, NASA says, only much higher and travelling thousands of miles an hour faster.
The latest schedule from NASA is further down the article along with the Met Office forecast, which shows clear nights from late on Tuesday through to Friday.
The International Space Station is NASA’s orbiting research facility. It’s the largest man-made object in the sky, travelling around our planet 15 times a day.
At 357ft end to end, it’s almost as long as a football field. It weighs 925lb, the equivalent of 320 cars, and draws its power from an acre of solar panels.
The station has a crew of six living there and moves at four-and-a-half miles per second, or 17,500 miles per hour, at an altitude of more than 200 miles above the earth.
NASA’s Spot the Station website allows you to find timings for sightings in your area. Your best chance to see the ISS is in an area with very little light pollution, such as the countryside.
Nasa advises: “The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction.
“It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600mph; the space station flies at 17,500mph).”
- Mon Jul 12, 10:41 PM 4 min 15° 10° above S 10° above ESE PARTLY CLOUDY
- Tue Jul 13, 12:16 AM min 53° 10° above SW 10° above E PARTLY CLOUDY NIGHT
- Tue Jul 13, 1:53 AM min 85° 10° above W 10° above E PARTLY CLOUDY NIGHT
- Tue Jul 13, 3:30 AM min 63° 10° above W 10° above ESE PARTLY CLOUDY NIGHT
- Tue Jul 13, 11:29 PM 6 min 39° 10° above SW 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Wed Jul 14, 1:06 AM min 90° 10° above W 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Wed Jul 14, 2:43 AM min 77° 10° above W 10° above ESE CLEAR NIGHT
- Wed Jul 14, 10:42 PM 6 min 29° 10° above SSW 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Thu Jul 15, 12:18 AM min 81° 10° above WSW 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Thu Jul 15, 1:55 AM min 88° 10° above W 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Thu Jul 15, 3:32 AM 6 min 36° 10° above W 10° above SE CLEAR NIGHT
- Thu Jul 15, 11:31 PM min 68° 10° above WSW 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Fri Jul 16, 1:08 AM min 86° 10° above W 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
- Fri Jul 16, 2:45 AM min 48° 10° above W 10° above SE CLEAR NIGHT
- Fri Jul 16, 4:23 AM 3 min 13° 10° above WSW 10° above SSW CLEAR NIGHT
- Fri Jul 16, 10:44 PM min 53° 10° above SW 10° above E CLEAR NIGHT
To get an idea of height and degrees, NASA says to think about the horizon as being at zero degrees while directly overhead is 90 degrees.
“If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees,” the space agency says.
The ISS orbits the Earth about 16 times a day and travels at a height of about 400km.
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