I spy the International Space Station

First published in Opinion The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

THE good news is the International Space Station (ISS) is on our sky again. The bad news is, you'll have to be a milkman, an insomniac or a vampire to see it, because during the next week its passes all occur at around midnight or in the wee small hours of the morning. But if you're lucky you do have a few chances to see it not once, or even twice, but three times in one day.

To see the ISS, just go out at the following times on the following dates, look roughly to the west, and wait for a bright ‘star’ to start climbing up from the horizon, heading up and to the left. That will be the ISS.

June 5: 12.40am, 2.17am, 11.51pm. June 6: 1.28am, 3.05am, 23.03pm. June 7: 12.39am, 2.16am, 11.50pm. June 8: 1.27am, 11.01pm. June 9: 12.38am, 2.15am, 11.49pm. June 10: 1.26am, 11pm. June 11: 12.37am, 11:48pm.

Remember: anything flashing or blinking is a plane, the ISS shines steadily, like Venus cut loose to drift across the sky. And no binoculars are needed because the ISS is bright to just the naked eye.

Stuart Atkinson, Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal

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