Want To See The Space Station? Now’s A Great Time

The International Space Station (ISS) has a cycle. For a week or more, it only makes passes during daylight hours, so it’s invisible. Then it comes back into view in the morning sky at dawn for a couple weeks then transitions into the evening sky. After a few weeks of evening passes, it begins a…
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Hey Hey Hey, Here Comes The Space Station

If you’re loath to get up at dawn to see the International Space Station (ISS) I don’t blame you. For an eclipse or meteor shower, yes, but probably not the ISS. The good news is that you only have to wait a bit till it comes round to the evening sky. And that’s now! Now…
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Space Station Visits ‘Land Of The Midnight Sun’

Every year around the time of the summer solstice, the International Space Station (ISS) remains in near constant sunlight for several weeks, never dipping into Earth’s shadow as it orbits the planet once every 92 minutes. From our landlubber perspective, each time the ISS makes a pass, it does so in sunlight. Passes start just…
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Look Into The ‘Eyes’ Of March / Hello, Space Station!

When I walked outside at dawn this morning, two eyes glared back. Mars and Saturn stand just 5° apart, close enough to catch the eye of even a casual skywatcher. Mars is currently 8½ closer to the Earth than Saturn, so it appears to move more quickly across the sky as it orbits the sun.…
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Dead Duck Chinese Space Station To Burn Up In Earth’s Atmosphere

It won’t be long now. China’s first space station, Tiangong 1, a two-bedroom, fixer-upper, will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere sometime between March 28 and April 10. The fixer-upper description refers to the fact that the Chinese lost contact with the craft in March 2016, so the original plan to de-orbit the spacecraft over…
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