The International Space Station will be visible from Buxton over the next week. The ISS will make several appearances in the sky every evening and will easily be visible with the naked eye, appearing as bright as many stars in the sky such as Jupiter and Sirius.
How do i view the ISS?
The ISS is easiest to observe with the naked eye, appearing as a very bright moving point of light that glides across the sky. Through binoculars its rectangular outline is just about apparent, but it moves so fast that it can be tricky to hold the binoculars steady so your naked eye is best.
The table below lists the provisional times when the ISS will be visible from Buxton in coming days and includes the magnitude brightness of each pass as well as the where to look in the sky. Use a compass if you’re not sure – most smart phones either have one or you can download one.
These times may change by a minute or so nearer the time if the ISS performs powered manoeuvres to change its orbit.
What is the magnitude?
The magnitude, which refers to the brightness of an object means that the lower the number, the brighter it is. So the brightest pass this week will be on Thursday 13th August, with a magnitude -2.7. The star venus is a magnitude of approximately -4 and a crescent moon -6.
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What is the ISS?
The International Space Station is a large spacecraft which first launched in 1998. It orbits around Earth and is a home where astronauts live. The space station is also a science lab. Many countries worked together to build it. They also work together to use it.
It travels at approximately 27,000 km per hour or 7,600 km per second and it orbits earth every 92 minutes.
The space station is made of many pieces and the pieces were put together in space by astronauts. The space station’s orbit is about 220 miles above Earth. NASA uses the station to learn about living and working in space this research will help NASA explore space further. The space station is as big inside as a house with five bedrooms. It has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a big bay window. Six people are able to live there.
For more information, go to spotthestation.nasa.gov