ISS Over Essex – April 2012

Image: David Warrington

The International Space Station (ISS) is again making visible passes over Essex. During the evenings, over the next week or two, you’ll be able to see the space station as it orbits the Earth above you.

The ISS is a noticeably bright object (about the same brightness as Jupiter) and is fairly easy to spot – as long as you know when and where to look.

It appears as a bright point object moving across the sky, taking anywhere between 1 to 4 minutes to move across the sky. The space station isn’t emitting light – you are just seeing it reflect sunlight from orbit as it passes over  your location.

You can find the viewing times of ISS flybys over Essex here, or you can click the “ISS Tracking” link in the right-hand menu.

Heavens Above is another website which allows you input your location details and find out about the ISS and other satellites passing over your skies. (They also have a free app for Android phones that will alert you to ISS passes)

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Posted on 11 April, 2012, in Astronomy News, Popular Science, Space exploration, Stargazing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on ISS Over Essex – April 2012.

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