The International Space Station (ISS) is passing overhead!
It’s an amazing sight to see and you don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see it. Remember to set your alarm and be outside a little bit earlier to make sure you know which direction to look!
When and where to look:
Friday morning, 24th May 2019
At 6:01am, look towards the north west horizon. It’s the brightest ISS pass over the next three days and will travel right across the whole sky!
Saturday morning, 25th May 2019
See the ISS at 5:12am from the northern horizon.
Sunday morning, 26th May 2019
At 5:58am, look to the western horizon. It’s going to be pretty spectacular! The ISS will pass through the constellation of Scorpius (or Scorpio) and will appear above the supergiant red star called Antares. Antares is often called the heart of the Scorpion and is about 550 light years away from Earth.
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.
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)
The ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes! That’s 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets everyday for the astronauts on board!
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?
Want More Stargazing in Your Life?
There’s always something interesting happening in the night sky and country WA is the best place to catch all the action!