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Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from the UK

31 Jan 2019, 10:35 UTC
Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from the UK
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Stargazers in the south of England with a clear sky from 5:56pm to 6:02pm GMT on Friday, 1 February should look out for a particularly favourable pass of the International Space Station. Observers near London will see the ISS virtually overhead at 5:59:40pm GMT. The spacecraft’s track across the UK sky will be lower the further north that you live, but even from Scotland the spacecraft will put on a fine show. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.Urban dwellers may resign themselves to spotting the Moon, prominent planets and the brightest stars with the unaided eye on a clear night, but every so often a dazzling artificial satellite will catch your attention as it glides silently across the sky.
The largest man-made structure in orbit is the 450-tonne International Space Station (ISS), a satellite so big — 73 × 109 × 20 metres — that it can be seen from the most light-polluted town or city. Fortunately for us, its current orbit carries it over the British Isles and Western Europe for the next few nights, appearing like a slowly moving bright ‘star’ occasionally rivalling Venus in brightness, crossing the sky in an arc from west to east.
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