ISS Over Essex (and the UK) – December 2013

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

The ISS is 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.

Also, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

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Posted on 8 December, 2013, in Astronomy News, Observing News, Popular Science, Space exploration, Stargazing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on ISS Over Essex (and the UK) – December 2013.

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