The International Space Station (ISS) makes regular appearances in the West Australian sky! 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:
Friday the 8th of July
Rising up from the south west, the International Space Station will make a bright pass overhead just after 6:50pm. The ISS will pass close to the Moon and almost reach the opposite horizon in the north east! Click here for more info
Saturday the 9th of July
Even brighter than the night before, the ISS will grace our skies once again! passing almost directly overhead, the ISS will travel horizon to horizon and come VERY close to the Moon! Rising at 6:02pm, the ISS will be overhead for a full 10 minutes. Click here for more
Tuesday the 19th of July
Early risers on the 19th will be treated to a very bright ISS pass. Rising up from the north west, the space station will thread the needle between Saturn and Jupiter before continuing over head towards the south east. The ISS will appear on the horizon at 6:39am, and appear overhead just 5 minutes later. Click here for more
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)