ISS Over Essex (and the UK) – June 2013

UPDATE – The ATV4 supply craft “Albert Einstein” launched on the 5th June, and you should be able to spot that too as it catches up to the ISS before docking. Viewing times are in the link below.

The International Space Station (ISS) will be making night-time passes over southern England during June, and so you can see the ISS from Essex as it orbits the Earth above you.

The ISS is now a noticeably bright moving object and is quite easy to spot – you just need to know when and where to look up! If you have a camera which can take a long exposure, you can also try taking a photograph.

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

The ISS appears in the sky as a bright point object moving across the sky, usually taking 3 or 4 minutes to pass over. The space station isn’t emitting light – you are seeing the station’s surfaces reflect sunlight from orbit as it passes over your location.

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. There are also various Android and Iphone apps that will alert you to ISS passes – ISS Detector is recommended.

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Posted on 28 May, 2013, in Astronomy News, astrophotography, Observing News, Popular Science, Space exploration, Stargazing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on ISS Over Essex (and the UK) – June 2013.

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