My daughter reminded me that the International Space Station would be visible last night but of course I forgot to look and missed the first crossing. I did however see it just under an hour later, not as bright as it would have been earlier and for a shorter time. Still, it was exciting in a geeky kind of way and weird when it just suddenly vanished.
And it was a beautiful clear sky last night, well worth going out just to see the gorgeous moon, stars and planets.
The ISS will be back this evening (17th February) – visible in the UK and very bright I believe. In my location it will be visible at 5.44 pm for 4 minutes at 43 degrees above WSW and will disappear at 12 degrees above E. It will be visible again briefly at 7.21.
Wherever you live in the world, you can look up when it will be possible to see the ISS at NASA Spot theStation. And you can do real time tracking at ISS Tracker and you can see what the astronauts are seeing right now at Astroviewer.
You can even get an app for your phone for spotting it.
And if the sky floats your boat (or flies your spaceship), Planetarium is a great site where you set your location and it will come up with a map of the sky above.
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Nothing to do with space stations - just a couple of gratuitous photos of my ladies chilling. Harley's not really as big as she looks in the bottom photo. She's still quite petite. And Fizz's feet aren't as big as they look in the top photo either!