The International Space Station (ISS) is soaring above WA tonight! The ISS is an amazing sight to see in the night sky and you don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see it.
When and where to look:
Saturday, 18th April
7:01pm. This will be a fantastic view of the ISS (with a magnitude of -3.6). Look towards the north west horizon. The ISS will travel from the north west, right across the sky and to the east.
Sunday, 19th April
6:14pm. This time the ISS will come from the north and head to the south east.
Monday, 20th April
7:03pm. The ISS will come from the North West and travel to the South East. This flyover will be slightly dimmer with a magnitude of -2.5.
Tuesday, 21st April
6:16pm. If you missed the other flyovers, be sure to catch this one, it will be about as bright as the first! The ISS will be flying from the north west to south east with a magnitude of -3.5.
What Are You Looking For?
If you’ve never seen the ISS before, watch for a bright star-like object that moves slowly and steadily across the night sky in a straight line. You might notice it starts to dim in appearance and gets brighter before it disappears from view altogether. The ISS has lots of solar panels that reflect the Sun’s light back to Earth. When it disappears from view, what you’re seeing is the ISS move into Earth’s shadow.
Remember to set your alarm and be outside a little bit earlier to make sure you know which direction to look!
When you’re watching, imagine yourself up there looking down on Earth. There are six astronauts on board – three NASA Astronauts and three Russian Cosmonauts!
Where is the ISS Now?
The ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes! That’s 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets everyday for the astronauts on board! It travels at about 26,000 km/hour and is an average 400 km above Earth.
Who is On Board the ISS Now?
Can you imagine being on board the ISS in space about 350-400kms above the Earth’s surface?
Fascinated by Humans in Space?
Houston we have a Podcast! It’s true! You can find out more about human space travel by tuning into NASA’s weekly podcast.
Discover How to Track the ISS
There are some great apps and computer software programs to help you track the ISS yourself. Here are a few of our free favourites:
Orbitrack (iPhone, coming to Android in 2019)
Heavens Above (Android app and computer)
Sputnik! (iPhone app)
CalSky (computer only)