The International Space Station is the third brightest object in the sky, after the Sun and Moon – brighter than Venus, when that planet is visible.
Travelling at 15,500 mph, it looks like a fast-moving plane, only much higher.
And thanks to transit timetables published by NASA, it’s easy to spot from Berkshire.
Scroll down for the latest schedule for Reading, along with the Met Office forecast for Wednesday, July 14, onwards – Monday and Tuesday night were due to be overcast.
Launched in 1998, the ISS is NASA’s orbiting research lab. It’s the largest man-made object in the sky, circumnavigating our planet 15 times a day – roughly once every 90 minutes.
Flying 200 miles above the Earth, it’s almost as long as a football field at 357ft, drawing its power from an acre of solar panels.
Its current crew of six is made up of American (NASA), Japanese (JAXA), European (ESA) and Russian (Rosaviakosmos) astronauts – or cosmonauts, as the Russians call them.
The best place to try and see the ISS is in the countryside, away from light pollution, according to NASA’s Spot the Station website.
“Height” measures how far, in degrees, the ISS will be visible above the horizon. Zero degrees is the horizon, 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 NASA website says.
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