International Space Station Viewing

Posted by on Aug 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The International Space Station (ISS) returns for evening this week and is likely to be visible from the earth if you know when as well as where to look. Here, some information about the ISS and the viewing details for the International Space Station fly over for the next few nights is provided.

Now, the international space station is reportedly the biggest human built space entity surrounding Earth. For regular people who don’t have telescopes on hand, it is good news that the international space station is going to be viewable by the naked eyes while orbiting the earth. This kind of thing has never taken place before and perhaps the first time an entity in space is viewable to the naked eye. It is not a star lighting the western sky over the last few nights but an uncommon chance for local residents to see the station pass by.

International Space Station Viewing

The station will be viewable to the naked eye for several minutes each evening through Sept. 8 as the position of the space station concurs with the earth position and the sun reflecting off the station. As the space station would usually move very quickly over the sky and would be visible only for a small time, it is essential that the time of the passing of the space station from a specific point in the sky is kept track of.  It would look very bright and quite clearly visible for the time during which the space station is going to be visible.

The ISS is the brightest object in the sky and easy to see even from most cities. It’s traveling at about 17,200 miles per hour at an altitude between 173 and 286 miles in the direction of Earth’s rotation or west to east. The point where one can locate the space station is dependent on the location of the viewer of the space station as it passes across the southern and northern sky. If you observe a warm, yellowish hue to the craft, you’re seeing color from the multiple solar arrays which are golden-orange. They provide all the power required to run the football stadium-sized station.

International Space Station Viewing

NASA has determined the difficulty in timing, direction and speed of viewing the space station and made an orbit track on its website where people can trace timing, speed and direction of the space station while it passes over the viewers specific locations. The best viewing times of the space station are an hour before or after sunrise or sunset, as per NASA. The station passes above your heads at the mentioned times.

Best Viewing Times:

Keep an eye out for flares as the ISS passes by. You can usually see when sunlight strikes a shiny part of the vehicle and reflects it straight back to your eyes. Best observation times of the space station are an hour prior to or after morning or sunset, as the hire passes overhead.

What you will see:

It should demeanour similar to the splendid as well as fast-moving stars, assuming which the hire is in sunlight. The longest hire will sojourn in series to belligerent the spectator 4 minutes. The hire lightning from setting to 240 seconds or less in flitting without delay overhead.


Generally, the hire is relocating from west to easterly in the circuit around the Earth, as well as the land lane for many of North America changed over time as well as might embrace hire up “anywhere in the north-west to south-west, depending upon the orbital proviso”.

Here is Central Daylight time is provided that apply to the Duluth-northern Minn. NW Wisc region.

  • Aug. 25 Weds at 8:31 p.m. Cruises low across the south and passes close to the rising moon about 8:34 p.m. A second brighter pass takes place at 10:04 p.m. when it makes a brief appearance in the western sky
  • Aug. 26 Thurs. at 8:57 p.m. A fine, brilliant pass by the south
  • Aug. 27 Fri. at 9:24 p.m. it is the best of the week. Nearly as bright as Venus; cruises straight pass over the top of the sky
  • Aug. 28 Sat. at 8:16 p.m. It is another brilliant pass in twilight and Glides very near to Altair, the southern apex of the Summer Triangle about 8:19 p.m. In the northern sky, second pass at 9:52 p.m. when it cuts across the handle of the Big Dipper.
  • Aug. 29 Sun. at 8:43 p.m. it is another bright one pass over the top of the sky. Second pass at 10:19 p.m. when it creates a brief appearance in the northwestern sky.

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