Charlton: Watch the night sky for the International Space Station

It is a bird. It is a plane.

No, it’s not Superman. This is the International Space Station, known as the International Space Station. To see this, all you have to do is look in the night sky with the naked eye.

But it’s better than being fast. It’s zero at 17,500 miles per hour. However, even at an altitude of 248 miles, you can always catch it if you know where and when to look.

Once you see it for the first time (it looks like a bright star moving fast, always the general west general), you can locate it quickly and successively.

To know when and where to look, visit http://iss.astroviewer.net/index.php. The “Start” tab shows the view from the ISS directly on the ground. On the “Comment” tab, enter your location and you will see the dates and times of the next week when you will see the ISS step. The map shows the route it takes, and the red line appears when you can see it. Sometimes the red line is very short, as when the ISS is just above the horizon or when it passes behind the Earth.

The orbiting path varies, so there will be nights when it is not visible because it is below the horizon. You can not see the details of the craft, only the sun shines on its surface, about the size of a football field.

Display time varies from a few seconds to seven minutes. But because it takes only 93 minutes to orbit our planet, there are many nights when visible twice.
Often monitors and still surprises me, especially when I think of the following facts:

• There are currently six astronauts in the ISS, conducting scientific studies and carrying out repairs, some of which have to “walk” off the ship. The average retention on board is four to six months.

• The participating countries are the United States, Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation and 11 Member States of the European Space Agency (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) .
It is approaching midnight, at the top of the Peak District, everything is silent, with only occasional sadness crossing lights.

A good night here, we could expect to see the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy and the International Space Station, to which British astronaut Tim Peake spent 186 days.

It is a couple of days before the longest of the year, the summer solstice, when there is about 17 hours of light. This year’s shortest night will coincide with the moon’s struggle, a rare astronomical fact that gives the moon an amber appearance

The response, according to a new campaign report to protect rural England earlier this month, is light pollution, which wiped out vast areas of the night sky. According to the report, which uses new satellite data mapping to assess the overnight tomb in the country, only 22 per cent of England remain outside the light pollution (compared to 57 per cent in Wales and 77 per cent Cent of Scotland).

 

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