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View the International Space Station at its best from the UK

28 Sep 2019, 15:08 UTC
View the International Space Station at its best from the UK
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The International Space Station (ISS) is in the midst of a series of evening flights over the British Isles and Western Europe. You can obtain predictions of when and where to look for it by using our interactive online Almanac as explained in the article below. This illustration shows a wide-angle view of the ISS track centred on the west as seen from Cardiff at 8:24pm BST on 30 September 2019, when the spacecraft passes close to the bright star Arcturus. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.If you chance upon a moving “star” rivalling planet Venus in brilliance, burning with a steady light that glides across the night sky from west to east, then you can be confident that you’re witnessing the International Space Station (ISS) – any object that flashes rapidly, or possesses red and green running lights is an aircraft. The ISS is easily seen from the most light-polluted city, and its current orbit enables it to be well seen from the British Isles and Western Europe over the next few nights.
ISS fact file:
The International Space Station orbits Earth every 92.7 minutes at an altitude that varies between 411 and 421 kilometres, travelling at an average speed ...

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