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PostSubject: International Space Station Passes   Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:14 am

Starting around the 13th June , the International Space Stations orbit will bring it over the United Kingdom and allow people to view it in the night sky. The station is about the size of 2 full size football pitches now and is easily visible in the night sky , if you know where to look.

http://www.heavens-above.com/ , allows you to put in your home town and it calculates what time the ISS (and loads of other satellites) pass over your location. It gives you information such as how high it will be , how bright it will be and the direction it will come from and go to.

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DateMagStartsMax. altitudeEnds
TimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.
13 Jun-0.803:49:2810S 03:50:4112SSE03:51:5410ESE

This is an extract from the site showing a pass for my location on the 13th June. The pass starts at 3.49am and the space station appears in the south at magnitude -0.8 (pretty bright). It reaches a maximum high of 12 degress in the sky (in a SSE direction) and ends it's display at 3.51am in the ESE , where it will go into earths shadow and fade away.

Remember you need to register an account on the website (it's free).
Enjoy seeing the ISS folks , you can tell the difference between it and a normal aircraft , as the normal aircraft will have strobe lightning , whereas the ISS will be a slow , steady source of light. If you take a peek through binoculars there's a chance you might see some structure (such as it's solar panels) as it's quite big now.

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PostSubject: Re: International Space Station Passes   Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:58 am

Thanks Calum. Very Happy

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